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Cosmic Perspective, The, 8th Edition

By Jeffrey O. Bennett, Megan O. Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, Mark Voit

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 7, 2016

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For two-semester courses in astronomy.

 

Teaching the Process of Science through Astronomy

Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective, Eighth Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. This text offers a wealth of features that enhance student understanding of the process of science and actively engage students in the learning process for key concepts. The fully updated Eighth Edition includes the latest scientific discoveries, revises several subjects based on our most current understanding of the cosmos, and now emphasizes deeper understanding of the twists and turns of the process of science and the relevance of concepts to student’s lives.

 

This text is also available in two volumes, which can be purchased separately:

  • The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1–13, 14, S1, 24)
  • The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1-3, S1, 4–6, S2–S4, 14–24)

 

Also available as a Pearson eText or packaged with Mastering Astronomy

 

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Mastering Astronomy is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students before, during, and after class with powerful content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class, and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources. Students can further master concepts after class through homework assignments that provide interactivity, hints and answer-specific feedback.

 

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Table of Contents

PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE

1. A Modern View of the Universe

2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself

3. The Science of Astronomy

S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation

 

PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY

4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity

5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos

6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery

 

PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS

7. Our Planetary System

8. Formation of the Solar System

9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds

10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds

11. Jovian Planet Systems

12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts

13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds

 

PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE

S2. Space and Time

S3. Spacetime and Gravity

S4. Building Blocks of the Universe

 

PART V. STARS

14. Our Star

15. Surveying the Stars

16. Star Birth

17. Star Stuff

18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard

 

PART VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND

19. Our Galaxy

20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology

21. Galaxy Evolution

22. The Birth of the Universe

23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe

 

PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND

24. Life In the Universe

 

Appendixes

Glossary

Credits

Index

 

 

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    Jeffrey O. Bennett, Megan O. Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, Mark Voit

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