PowerWeb : Astronomy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill College

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This is a text for an introductory astronomy course. One of the main goals is to provide a broad enough and deep enough backround in astronomy so the student will be able to follow current developments in astronomy years after they complete the course. This book presumes that most of its readers are not science majors and that they probably have not had a college-level science or mathematics course. The book provides a complete description of current astronomical knowledge, neither at an extreme technical level nor at a level that fails to communicate the quantitative nature of physical science. Finally, the historical development of astronomy is emphasized to show that astronomy, like other sciences, advances through the efforts of many scientists, and to show how present ideas have been developed.

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Journey's Start

Chapter Two - Patterns in the Sky

Chapter Three - Ancient Astronomy

Chapter Four - Renaissance Astronomy

Chapter Five - Gravity and Motion

Chapter Six - Light and Telescopes

Chapter Seven - Processes at Work in the Solar System

Chapter Eight - The Earth

Chapter Nine - The Moon

Chapter Ten - Mercury and Venus

Chapter Eleven - Mars

Chapter Twelve - Jupiter and Saturn

Chapter Thirteen - The Outer Planets

Chapter Fourteen - Satellites

Chapter Fifteen - Solar System Debris

Chapter Sixteen - Basic Properties of Stars

Chapter Seventeen - The Sun

Chapter Eighteen - The Formation of Stars and Planets

Chapter Nineteen - The Evolution of Stars

Chapter Twenty - White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

Chapter Twenty-one - Binary Star Systems

Chapter Twenty-two - The Milky Way

Chapter Twenty-three - Galaxies

Chapter Twenty-four - Quasars and Other Active Galaxies

Chapter Twenty-five - Galaxy Clusters and the Structure of the Universe

Chapter Twenty-six - Cosmology

Chapter Twenty-seven - Life in the Universe


Appendix One - Mathematical and Physical Constants

Appendix Two - Astronomical Constants

Appendix Three - Conversion Factors

Appendix Four - Orbital Properties of the Planets

Appendix Five - Physical Properties of the Planets

Appendix Six - Properties of the Satellites of the Planets

Appendix Seven - Orbital Properties of Selected Asteroids

Appendix Eight - Orbital Properties of Selected Comets

Appendix Nine - Properties of Selected Meteor Showers

Appendix Ten - The Constellations

Appendix Eleven - Stars Nearer Than Four Parsecs

Appendix Twelve - The Brightest Stars

Appendix Thirteen - Known and Suspected Members of the Local Group of Galaxies

Appendix Fourteen - The Brightest Galaxies Beyond the Local Group

Appendix Fifteen - Properties of Selected Clusters of Galaxies

Appendix Sixteen - Logarithmic Graphs

Appendix Seventeen - Answers to Odd-Numbered Questions




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