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The Essential Cosmic Perspective with MasteringAstronomy®, Sixth Edition retains all of the features that have made this text so popular and effective. New features and updates based on current research will engage you as you learn about astronomy. The textbook package also includes updated supplements to support the book’s pedagogy, making it the most effective text in the one-semester astronomy market.
The Sixth Edition includes new visual foldout diagrams on the scale of space and time, a key concept in understanding the scope of the universe and individual objects within it. The book also includes Group Work Exercises to foster active participation in class and peer learning.
The Essential Cosmic Perspective, Sixth Edition is supported by MasteringAstronomy–an online homework and self-study system that will help students solidify their understanding and prepare for quizzes and exams, and Voyager SkyGazer College Edition v5.0, a planetarium software package that lets students explore the universe from their computer.
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Table of Contents
I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE
1. Our Place in 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 Planetary Systems: Our Solar System and Beyond
7. Earth and the Terrestrial Worlds
8. Jovian Planet System
9. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts
10. Our Star
11. Surveying the Stars
12. Star Stuff
13. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard
V. GALAXIES AND BEYOND
14. Our Galaxy
15. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology
16. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe
17. The Beginning of Time
VI. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND
18. Life in the Universe
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