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Cosmic Perspective : Solar System - With Skygazer CD

Cosmic Perspective : Solar System - With Skygazer CD - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0805392968

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ISBN13: 978-0805392968
ISBN10: 0805392963
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 07
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.
Published: 2007
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Cosmic Perspective : Solar System - With Skygazer CD - 4TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805392968

Jeffrey O. Bennett

ISBN13: 978-0805392968
ISBN10: 0805392963
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 07
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

In this accessible, student-friendly text, astronomy is treated as a fundamental human endeavor rather than an enterprise reserved for professionals. The authors engage students' curiosity through cutting-edge material that focuses on the themes of human achievement, physics in the universe, continuity of matter, the dynamic systems that sustain life, and astronomy and physics as foundations for our world view.

Throughout, the emphasis is on important ideas, with relevant details, techniques, and formulas presented after concepts. A Time Out to Think feature, which encourages students to check their understanding as they read, is just one of many pedagogical aids that reinforce learning. Text discussions are complemented by a distinctive art program, with figures not seen before in astronomy texts. A rich Web site includes student and instructor resources and coverage of current events.

Table of Contents

PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE

1 Our Place in the Universe
1.1 Our Modern View of the Universe
1.2 The Scale of the Universe
1.3 Spaceship Earth
1.4 The Human Adventure of Astronomy
2 Discovering the Universe for Yourself
2.1 Patterns in the Night Sky
2.2 The Reason for Seasons
2.3 The Moon, Our Constant Companion
2.4 The Ancient Mystery of the Planets
3 The Science of Astronomy
3.1 The Ancient Roots of Science
3.2 Ancient Greek Science
3.3 The Copernican Revolution
3.4 The Nature of Science
3.5 Astrology
S1 Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation
S1.1 Astronomical Time Periods
S1.2 Celestial Coordinates and Motion in the Sky
S1.3 Principles of Celestial Navigation

PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY

4 Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
4.1 Describing Motion: Examples from Daily Life
4.2 Newton's Laws of Motion
4.3 Conservation Laws in Astronomy
4.4 The Universal Law of Gravitation
4.5 Orbits, Tides, and the Acceleration of Gravity
5 Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos
5.1 Light in Everyday Life
5.2 Properties of Light
5.3 Properties of Matter
5.4 Learning from Light
5.5 The Doppler Shift
6 Telescopes: Portals of Discovery
6.1 Eyes and Cameras: Everyday Light Sensors
6.2 Telescopes: Giant Eyes
6.3 Telescopes and the Atmosphere
6.4 Telescopes And Technology

PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS

7 Our Planetary System
7.1 Studying the Solar System
7.2 Patterns in the Solar System
7.3 Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System
8 Formation of the Solar System
8.1 The Search for Origins
8.2 The Birth of the Solar System
8.3 The Formation of Planets
8.4 The Aftermath of Planet Formation
8.5 The Age of the Solar System
9 Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
9.1 Connecting Planetary Interiors and Surfaces
9.2 Shaping Planetary Surfaces
9.3 Geology of the Moon and Mercury
9.4 Geology of Mars
9.5 Geology of Venus
9.6 The Unique Geology of Earth
10 Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
10.1 Atmospheric Basics
10.2 Weather and Climate
10.3 Atmospheres of the Moon and Mercury
10.4 The Atmospheric History of Mars
10.5 The Atmospheric History of Venus
10.6 Earth's Unique Atmosphere
11 Jovian Planet Systems
11.1 A Different Kind of Planet
11.2 A Wealth of Worlds: Satellites of Ice and Rock
11.3 Jovian Planet Rings
12 Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and the Kuiper Belt
12.1 Asteroids and Meteorites
12.2 Comets
12.3 Pluto: Lone Dog No More
12.4 Cosmic Collisions: Small Bodies Versus the Planets
13 Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds
13.1 Detecting Extrasolar Planets
13.2 The Nature of Extrasolar Planets
13.3 The Formation of Other Solar Systems
13.4 Finding New Worlds

STARS

14 Our Star
14.1 A Closer Look at the Sun
14.2 The Cosmic Crucible
14.3 The Sun-Earth Connection

LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND

24 Life in the Universe
24.1 Life on Earth
24.2 Life in the Solar System
24.3 Life Around other Stars
24.4 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
24.5 Interstellar Travel and Its Implications to Civilization

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