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Voyages Through the Universe / With 3 CDs and Redshift

Voyages Through the Universe / With 3 CDs and Redshift - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534075811

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ISBN13: 978-0534075811
ISBN10: 0534075819
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Edition: 3RD 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2004
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Voyages Through the Universe / With 3 CDs and Redshift - 3RD 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534075811

Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison and Sidney Wolff

ISBN13: 978-0534075811
ISBN10: 0534075819
Cover type:
Edition: 3RD 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2004
International: No

VOYAGES THROUGH THE UNIVERSE provides students and professors with the ideal combination of authors and experience. It is written by an award-winning astronomy educator (Fraknoi) and two distinguished research scientists (Morrison at NASA and Wolff at NOAO). This author team combines the latest science with classroom-tested teaching strategies and a student-friendly approach. Through unique group activities and a focus on astronomy as a human endeavor, the authors engage and involve students, helping them both understand and enjoy astronomy. The market-leading technology package includes access to InfoTrac® College Edition (free!) and TheSky Student Edition CD-ROM (free!), as well as an optional package with the RedShift College Edition CD-ROM (including animations) along with an accompanying workbook.


  • NEW! New Virtual Astronomy Laboratories give astronomy students an exciting, interactive way to learn. Focusing on twenty of the most important concepts in astronomy, the labs offer students hands-on exercises that complement the topics in the text. Cues in the book direct students to the lab assignments, which students can complete and print or send to the instructor by e-mail.
  • Unique analogies present astronomy in the context of student's lives and experiences comparing, for example, energy levels in the atom to rental units in a luxury apartment tower or electron degeneracy to traffic jams after a big game.
  • This text is designed to be modular, so it can be used effectively in any order, with easy-to-use references to the background material.
  • Inter-Activity exercises consists of cooperative group activities for a change of pace in lecture, student discussion sections, or homework assignments. Educational research has shown that students learn best when engaged as active participants rather than passive listeners; these exercises provide an easy, fun, and educational way to do adjust that.
  • Making Connections boxes show how astronomy relates to students' experiences with other field of human endeavor and thought, from poetry to engineering, from popular culture to natural disasters.
  • Seeing For Yourself boxes familiarize students with the sky and everyday astronomical phenomena through observations using requiring little or no equipment.
  • Voyagers In Astronomy--these profiles of noted astronomers focus not only on their work, but on their lives and times.
  • Surfing the Web offers annotated guidance to the best astronomy on the web.
  • Astronomy Basics explains fundamental scientific ideas, processes of astronomy, and astronomical terms.
  • NEW! A significantly expanded series of worked out mathematical examples and numerical problems is now featured in each chapter (in a new section called Figuring for Yourself.)
  • NEW! New step-by-step worked out examples guide students toward mastery of the end-of-chapter quantitative problems.
  • NEW! Fraknoi/Morrison/Wolff's renowned sense of humor, designed to put non-science students at ease, is now taken to a new level of sophistication. This continues to be a book that students all around the country turn to with pleasure.
  • NEW! This new edition includes the latest information and images from our instruments on Earth and in space, completely integrated into the text. (Such recent results as the NEAR flyby of Eros, the quantum leap in identifying L and T dwarfs, brown dwarfs, and planets, the dawning of the age of precision cosmology, and the latest evidence about black holes of many sizes are all carefully explained.)
  • NEW! The 3rd edition contains a new chapter, "Life in the Universe," dealing with a popular and ever-changing topic, astrobiology and the search for life elsewhere.
  • NEW! Re-organized and numbered subheadings make finding what you need even easier!
  • The author team combines expertise in teaching and with expertise in research--one is an award-winning astronomy educator and two are distinguished research scientists.

Author Bio

Fraknoi, Andrew : Foothill College and the Astronomical Soceity of the Pacific

Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College near San Francisco, where his courses are taken by about 900 students per year. He is also Director of Project ASTRO at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a national program that forms partnerships between volunteer astronomers and school teachers in their communities. From 1978 to 1992 he was Executive Director of the Society, as well as Editor of MERCURY Magazine and the UNIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM Newsletter. He has taught astronomy and physics at San Francisco State University, Cañada College, and the University of California Extension Division. He is co-author and editor of THE UNIVERSE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS AND MORE UNIVERSE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, two widely used collections of astronomy teaching activities and resources. In the 1980's, he was scientific editor of THE PLANETS and THE UNIVERSE, two collections of science articles and science fiction stories. For five years he was the lead author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column on astronomy, and he appears regularly on radio and television explaining astronomical developments. With Sidney Wolff, he is co-editor of ASTRONOMY EDUCATION REVIEW, a new on-line journal/magazine for those working in space science education. (http://aer.noao.edu) In addition, he has organized three national symposia on teaching introductory astronomy at the college level, and over 20 national workshops on improving the way astronomy is taught in earlier grades. He has received the Annenberg Foundation Prize of the American Astronomical Society and the Klumpke-Roberts Prize of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for his contributions to the public understanding of astronomy. Asteroid 4859 was named Asteroid Fraknoi in 1992 in recognition of his work in astronomy education.

Morrison, David : NASA Ames Research Center

David Morrison is the Senior Scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, where he participates in a variety of research programs in astrobiology -- the study of the living universe. From 1996-2001 he was the Director of Space at NASA Ames Research Center, managing basic and applied research programs in the space, life, and Earth sciences. Dr. Morrison received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University, and until he joined NASA he was Professor of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. Internationally known for his research on small bodies in the solar system, Dr. Morrison is the author of more than 120 technical papers and has published a dozen books. He chaired the official NASA study of impact hazards that recommended that a Spaceguard Survey be carried out to search for potentially threatening asteroids and comets and in 1995 received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for this work. He is also the recipient of the Dryden Medal for research from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and of the Klumpke-Roberts award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for contributions to science education. He has served as President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and President of the Planetary Commission of the International Astronomical Union. He was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank in 1999, and asteroid 2410 Morrison is named in his honor.

Wolff, Sidney : National Optical Astronomy Observatories

Sidney C. Wolff received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and then joined the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. During the 17 years she spent in Hawaii, the Institute for Astronomy developed Mauna Kea into the world's premier international observatory. She became Associate Director of the Institute for Astronomy in 1976 and Acting Director in 1983. During that period, she earned international recognition for her research, particularly on stellar atmospheres and how they can help us understand the evolution, formation, and composition of stars. In 1984, she was named Director of the Kitt Peak National Observatory and in 1987 became Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories. She was the first woman to head a major observatory in the United States. As Director of NOAO, she and her staff oversaw facilities used annually by nearly 1000 visiting scientists. During its early phases, she was Director of the Gemini Project, which is an international program to build two state-of-the-art 8m telescopes. She is currently on the scientific staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories where she is serving as project scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. She has served as President of the American Astronomical Society. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Carleton College, a liberal arts school that excels in science education. With Andrew Fraknoi, she is founding editor of the Astronomy Education Review, an electronic journal devoted to education in astronomy and space science. The author of more than 70 professional articles, she has written a monograph, THE A-TYPE STARS: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES, as well as several astronomy textbooks.

Table of Contents

Preface for the Student.
Preface for the Instructor.
Prologue: Science and the Universe: A Brief Tour.

1. Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy.

2. Orbits and Gravity.

3. Earth, Moon, and Sky.

4. Radiation and Spectra.

5. Astronomical Instruments.

6. Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System.

7. Earth as a Planet.

8. Cratered Worlds: The Moon and Mercury.

9. Earth-like Planets: Venus and Mars.

10. The Giant Planets.

11. Rings, Moons, and Pluto.

12. Comets and Asteroids: Debris of the Solar System.

13. Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System.

14. The Sun: A Garden-Variety Star.

15. The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse.

16. Analyzing Starlight.

17. The Stars: A Celestial Census.

18. Celestial Distances.

19. Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space.

20. The Birth of Stars and the Discovery of Planets Outside the Solar System.

21. Stars: From Adolescence to Old Age.

22. The Death of Stars.

23. Black Holes and Curved Spacetime.

24. The Milky Way Galaxy.

25. Galaxies.

26. Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Giant Black Holes. Interlude: The Mystery of the Gamma-Ray Bursts.

27.The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies.

28. The Big Bang.

29. Life in the Universe.

1: Astronomy on the World Wide Web.
2: Sources of Astronomical Information.
3: Glossary. 4: Powers-of-Ten Notation.
5: Units Used in Science.
6: Some Useful Constants for Astronomy.
7: Data for the Planets.
8: Selected Satellites of the Planets.
9: Upcoming (Total) Eclipses.
10: The Nearest Stars.
11: The Brightest Stars.
12: The Brightest Members of the Local Group of Galaxies.
13: The Chemical Elements.
14: The Constellations.
15: The Messier Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters.

Star Maps.

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