Astronomy Today, Volume 1

Astronomy Today, Volume 1 : The Solar System

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For one- or two-semester introductory courses in astronomy.Chaisson/McMillan is a trusted text that offers the most complete and innovative learning package available for introductory astronomy. The goal of the Fifth Edition is to focus on the process of discovery and to better convey how science is done. Particular attention was given to clearly and concisely presenting scientific terms to the non-science student. Volume 1 includes Chapters 1-16, plus chapter 28.
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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 203.2 x 271.8 x 25.4mm | 1,133.99g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0131176838
  • 9780131176836

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Astronomy Today 4/e (ISBN 0-13-091542-4) is the more comprehensive text by this: proven team of authors. This twenty-eight chapter text begins with the foundations of the history of science and physics as they relate to astronomy (Part One), then proceeds with an "Earth-out" organization for coverage of the solar system (Part Two), stars and stellar evolution (Part Three), and galaxies and cosmology (Part Four). New with the fourth edition, the book is now available in two paperback splits: Astronomy Today 4/e: The Solar System (ISBN 0-13-093560-3) covers Part One on foundations (Chapters 1-$); Part Two on the solar system (Chapters 6-15); the Sun chapter (Chapter 16); and the final chapter on life in the universe (Chapter 28). Astronomy Today 4/e: Stars and Galaxies (ISBN 0-13-093571-9) includes Part One on foundations (Chapters 1-S); Part Three on stars and stellar evolution (Chapters 16-22); and Part Four on galaxies and cosmology (Chapters 23-28). Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe 4/e (ISBN 0-13-100727-0) is the authors' briefer text. It covers the same scope of material in the same order as "Astronomy Today 4/e," but with less detail and in fewer chapters (eighteen instead of twenty-eight) and fewer pages.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy Our Place in Space Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method The "Obvious" View Earth's Orbital Motion Astronomical Timekeeping The Motion of the Moon The Measurement of Distance Chapter 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science Ancient Astronomy The Geocentric Universe The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System The Birth of Modern Astronomy The Laws of Planetary Motion The Dimensions of the Solar System Newton's Laws Chapter 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos Information from the Skies Waves in What? The Electromagnetic Spectrum Thermal Radiation The Doppler Effect Chapter 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms Spectral Lines The Formation of Spectral Lines Molecules Spectral-Line Analysis Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy Telescope Design Images and Detectors Telescope Size High-Resolution Astronomy Radio Astronomy Interferometry Space-Based Astronomy Full-Spectrum Coverage Part 2: Our Planetary System Chapter 6. The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology An Inventory of the Solar System Planetary Properties The Overall Layout of the Solar System Terrestrial and Jovian Planets Interplanetary Debris Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System How Did the Solar System Form? Chapter 7. Earth: Our Home in Space Overall Structure of Planet Earth Earth's Atmosphere Earth's Interior Surface Activity Earth's Magnetosphere The Tides Chapter 8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds Orbital Properties Physical Properties Surface Features on the Moon and Mercury Rotation Rates Lunar Cratering and Surface Composition The Surface of Mercury Interiors The Origin of the Moon Evolutionary History of the Moon and Mercury Chapter 9. Venus: Earth's Sister Planet Orbital Properties Physical Properties Long-Distance Observations of Venus The Surface of Venus The Atmosphere of Venus Venus's Magnetic Field and Internal Structure Chapter 10. Mars: A Near Miss for Life? Orbital Properties Physical Properties Long-Distance Observations of Mars The Surface of Mars The Martian Atmosphere Martian Internal Structure The Moons of Mars Chapter 11. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System Orbital and Physical Properties The Atmosphere of Jupiter Internal Structure Jupiter's Magnetosphere The Moons of Jupiter Jupiter's Ring Chapter 12. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons Orbital and Physical Properties Saturn's Atmosphere Saturn's Interior and Magnetosphere Saturn's Spectacular Ring System The Moons of Saturn Chapter 13. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System The Discovery of Uranus The Discovery of Neptune Physical Properties of Uranus and Neptune The Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune Magnetospheres and Internal Structure The Moon Systems of Uranus and Neptune The Rings of the Outermost Jovian Planets The Discovery of Pluto Physical Properties of Pluto The Origin of Pluto Chapter 14. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin Asteroids Comets Meteoroids Chapter 15. The Formation of Planetary Systems: The Solar System and Beyond Modeling Planet Formation Planets in the Solar System Interplanetary Debris The Role of Catastrophes Planets Beyond the Solar System Is Our Solar System Unusual? Part 3: Stars And Stellar Evolution Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star Physical Properties of the Sun The Heart of the Sun The Solar Interior The Solar Atmosphere The Active Sun Observations of Solar NeutrinosChapter 28. Life In The Universe: Are We Alone? Cosmic Evolution Life in the Solar System Intelligent Life in the Galaxy The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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About Eric J. Chaisson

Eric Chaisson. Eric holds a doctorate in astrophysics from Harvard University, where he spent ten years on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. For five years, Eric was a Senior Scientist and Director of Educational Programs at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Johns Hopkins University. He then joined Tufts University, where he is now Professor of Physics, Professor of Education, and Director of the Wright Center for Innovative Science Education. He has written nine books on astronomy, which have received such literary awards as the Phi Beta Kappa Prize, two American Institute of Physics Awards, and Harvard's Smith-Weld Prize for Literary Merit. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in professional journals, and has also received Harvard's Bok Prize for original contributions to astrophysics. Steve McMillan. Steve holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and a doctorate in Astronomy from Harvard University. He held post-doctoral positions at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, where he continued his research in theoretical astrophysics, star clusters, and numerical modeling. Steve is currently Distinguished Professor of Physics at Drexel University and a frequent visiting researcher at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Tokyo. He has published more than 50 scientific papers in professional journals.
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