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The Essential Cosmic Perspective, Seventh Edition gives non-science majors a streamlined, cutting edge introduction to astronomy built on a strong tradition of effective pedagogy and coverage. Focus on skill building includes new group work exercises that require active participation, helping you to retain concepts longer and build communication skills. MasteringAstronomy® works with the text to create a learning program that enables you to learn interactively both in and out of the classroom.
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Table of Contents
I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE
1. A Modern View of the Universe
2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself
3. The Science of Astronomy
II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY
4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
5. Light: The Cosmic Messenger
III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS
6. Formation of the Solar System
7. Earth and the Terrestrial Worlds
8. Jovian Planet System
9. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts
10. Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds
11. Our Star
12. Surveying the Stars
13. Star Stuff
14. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard
V. GALAXIES AND BEYOND
15. Our Galaxy
16. A Universe of Galaxies
17. The Birth of the Universe
18. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe
VI. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND
19. Life in the Universe
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