How the book will help you in the course:
- This text features Mike Seeds's conversational and student-friendly writing style, which has made him the best-selling author in introductory astronomy. Students and professors find great clarity and accessibility in his presentation of astronomy. Students are able to acquire an understanding of the universe, instead of memorizing a set of facts that would quickly be forgotten.
- Mike Seeds's guided discovery approach can be easily seen in the enhanced art program. "Concept figures" marry art and text to encourage students to synthesize information into one unified concept. "Guided Discovery Figures" lead students through several frames of art to demonstrate processes that occur over time, providing brief guiding comments as though the author was explaining each frame to the student himself. Redesigned "concept art portfolios" combine several ideas over two pages, providing an opportunity for students to process information visually and synthesize individual understanding.
- To help students understand the relationship between topics, "Guideposts" open each chapter. "Guideposts" connect previous and future chapters to the material the students are about to read. They also highlight the "essential questions" within that chapter to help motivate students to read. These "essential questions" act as the organizing elements in each chapter's "Summary."
- "Connections" appear at the end of each section, seamlessly linking the current section to the following section and enhancing students' understanding of the big picture of astronomy.
- "Learning to Look" questions, at the end of the "Review Questions," ask students to look at a photo and answer questions about what they see. Astronomy is a visual science, so students must learn to identify critical concepts visually. These questions help to build this critical skill.
- "Windows on Science" boxes draw on examples from everyday life to illustrate the logical processes that scientists use to learn about nature, building on the "how do we know?" theme of the text. "Windows on Science" discuss many issues, including how scientists use statistical evidence, how they reason by analogy, and how they build a scientific model in place of scientific hypothesis.
- "Celestial Profile" boxes use Earth as a basis of comparison to help students understand the characteristics of other planets. The author places relevant and fun facts in the "Celestial Profiles" to serve as a springboard for greater understanding.
- "Reasoning with Numbers" boxes present some of the basic mathematical reasoning that astronomers use in interpreting data and making predictions.