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NOTE: Before purchasing, check with your instructor to ensure you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, and registrations are not transferable. To register for and use Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products, you may also need a Course ID, which your instructor will provide.Used books, rentals, and purchases made outside of PearsonIf purchasing or renting from companies other than Pearson, the access codes for Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products may not be included, may be incorrect, or may have been previously redeemed. Check with the seller before completing your purchase. A modular and highly visual approach to introductory astronomy Astronomy: The Universe at a Glance takes students on a spectacular journey across the vast cosmos. The Universe at a Glance introduces the structure and nature of the universe while emphasizing both the latest scientific findings and the process of scientific discovery. This new book by trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan reimagines their classic texts in a modularly organized, visual approach to learning. Here, the essential ideas, concepts, and discoveries of contemporary astronomy are presented in 15 chapters, each chapter composed of richly illustrated, two-page spreads designed to visually engage and instruct students. Complete with spectacular graphics and concise, compelling chapters, The Universe at a Glance packs an immense amount of awe-inspiring insights into a brief modular volume. Uniting engaging prose, fascinating details, and easy-to-follow Learning Outcomes, this accessible account of astronomy is flexible and fun, an ideal complement to a dynamic introductory course. The text is integrated with MasteringAstronomy to create an unrivalled learning suite for students and instructors. Personalize Learning with MasteringAstronomy (R) MasteringAstronomy from Pearson is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students before, during, and after class with powerful content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class, and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources such as Learning Catalytics. Students can further master concepts after class through traditional and adaptive homework assignments that provide hints and answer-specific feedback. The Mastering gradebook records scores for all automatically graded assignments in one place, while diagnostic tools give instructors access to rich data to assess student understanding and misconceptions. Mastering brings learning full circle by continuously adapting to each student and making learning more personal than ever-before, during, and after class. 0321792998 / 9780321792990 Astronomy: The Universe at a Glance Plus MasteringAstronomy with eText -- Access Card Package, 1/e. Package consists of: 0321799763 / 9780321799760 Astronomy: The Universe at a Glance, 1/e 0321977432 / 9780321977434 MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Astronomy: The Universe at a Glance, 1/eshow more

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  • Mixed media product | 336 pages
  • 215.9 x 274.07 x 11.94mm | 680.39g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Student edition
  • Student, Student
  • 0321792998
  • 9780321792990

About Eric J. Chaisson

Eric Chaisson holds a doctorate in astrophysics from Harvard University, where he spent 10 years on the faculty of Arts and Sciences. For more than two decades thereafter, he served on the senior science staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute and held various professorships at Johns Hopkins and Tufts universities. He is now back at Harvard, where he teaches and conducts research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Eric has written 12 books on astronomy and has published nearly 200 scientific papers in professional journals. Steve McMillan holds a bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, where he continued his research in theoretical astrophysics, star clusters, and high-performance computing. Steve is currently Distinguished Professor of Physics at Drexel University and a frequent visiting researcher at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study and Leiden University. He has published more than 100 articles and scientific papers in professional journals.show more

Table of contents

About the Authors Preface 1. The Night Skyâ 1.1 The Big Picture 1.2 The "Obvious" View 1.3 Earth's Orbital Motion 1.4 The Motion of the Moon 1.5 Eclipses 1.6 The Scientific Method 2. Light and Telescopesâ 2.1 Radiation 2.2 The Electromagnetic Spectrum 2.3 The Radiation Laws 2.4 Spectroscopy 2.5 Atoms and Molecules 2.6 Optical Telescopes 2.7 Radio Telescopes 2.8 Space-Based Astronomy 3. The Solar System 3.1 Planetary Motion 3.2 Heliocentric Solar System 3.3 The Birth of Modern Astronomy 3.4 The Laws of Planetary Motion 3.5 Newton's Laws 3.6 Measuring Our Planetary System 3.7 Solar System Overview 4. Earth And Its Moonâ 4.1 Bulk Properties of Earth and the Moon 4.2 The Moon and Tides 4.3 Inside Earth and the Moon 4.4 Earth's Atmosphere 4.5 Surface Activity on Earth 4.6 The Surface of the Moon 4.7 Magnetospheres 5. The Eight Planetsâ 5.1 Surfaces of the Terrestrial Planets 5.2 Water on the Terrestrial Worlds 5.3 Terrestrial Atmospheres 5.4 Jovian Atmospheres 5.5 Water in the Outer Solar System 5.6 Planetary Interiors 5.7 Jovian Magnetic Fields 6. Small Bodies In The Solar System 6.1 The Galilean Moons of Jupiter 6.2 Io: A Moon of Volcanoes 6.3 Moons of the Outer Jovian Planets 6.4 The Medium-Size Jovian Moons 6.5 Saturn's Rings 6.6 Formation of Planetary Rings 6.7 Interplanetary Debris 6.8 Beyond Neptune 7. Formation of Planetary Systems 7.1 Formation of Planetary Systems 7.2 Planetesimals and Protoplanets 7.3 Formation of the Jovian Planets 7.4 Searching for Extrasolar Planets 7.5 Exoplanet Properties 7.6 Is Our Solar System Unusual? 8. The Sunâ 8.1 Properties of the Sun 8.2 The Solar Interior 8.3 Energy Transport in the Sun 8.4 The Solar Atmosphere 8.5 Sunspots 8.6 The Active Sun 8.7 Solar Energy 8.8 Solar Neutrinos 9. Measuring The Stars 9.1 The Solar Neighborhood 9.2 Stellar Luminosities 9.3 Stellar Temperatures 9.4 Stellar Sizes 9.5 The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram 9.6 Extending the Cosmic Distance Scale 9.7 Stellar Masses 10. Star Formation and Evolutionâ 10.1 Interstellar Matter 10.2 Theory of Star Formation 10.3 Observations of Star Formation 10.4 Evolution of a Sun-like Star 10.5 Red Giants, White Dwarfs 10.6 Stars More Massive than the Sun 10.7 Star Clusters 11. Stellar Explosions 11.1 Novae 11.2 Supernovae 11.3 Supernova Remnants 11.4 Formation of the Heaviest Elements 11.5 Neutron Stars and Pulsars 11.6 Gamma-Ray Bursts 11.7 The Cycle of Stellar Evolution 12. Black Holesâ 12.1 Gravitational Collapse 12.2 Einstein's Theory of Relativity 12.3 A New View of Gravity 12.4 Curved Spacetime 12.5 Space Travel Near Black Holes 212 12.6 Observational Evidence for Black Holes 13. The Milky Way Galaxy 13.1 Our Parent Galaxy 13.2 The Size and Shape of the Milky Way 13.3 Surveying the Milky Way 13.4 Formation of the Milky Way 13.5 Galactic Spiral Arms 13.6 The Mass of the Galaxy 13.7 The Galactic Center 14. Galaxiesâ 14.1 Observations of Normal Galaxies 14.2 Maps of Galaxies in Space 14.3 Galaxy Collisions 14.4 Hubble's Law 14.5 Active Galaxies 14.6 Supermassive Black Holes 14.7 Dark Matter 14.8 Galaxy Origin and Evolution 15. Cosmology and The Universeâ 15.1 The Universe on the Largest Scales 15.2 The Expanding Universe 15.3 The Fate of the Cosmos 15.4 Cosmic Microwave Background 15.5 The Early Universe 15.6 Cosmic Inflation 15.7 Formation of Large-Scale Structure Appendices Appendix 1. Scientific Notation Appendix 2. Astronomical Measurement Appendix 3. Tables Glossary Answers to End-of-Chapter Questions Answers to True/False and Multiple Choice Questions Photo Credits/Text Permissions Indexshow more