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21st Century Astronomy: The Solar System


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Authors Laura Kay and Stacy Palen have developed pedagogy that helps students understand the process of science, and how physical principles are used to discover the origins of the universe. The authors emphasize how we know what we know in the figures, text, and end-of-chapter material.

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Because this textbook is for an introductory astronomy course that might be a first or only science course, it includes much material on elements of the scientific method and uses examples and analogies to explain concepts. The appealing layout offers color photos, images, visual explanations, and maps. Pedagogical features include chapter-ending summaries, discussion of unanswered questions in the field, and exploration exercises. Appendices provide math and science references. Purchase of the text includes access to a homework system and a study space with animations of physical and astronomical concepts. This fourth edition moves coverage of basic physics to Part 1. Math material has been moved into boxes that provide succinct quantitative explanations, which can be skipped without losing qualitative understanding. For this edition, chapters 15-23 from the parent text are not included. This edition also contains new full-page visual representations of processes leading to specific discoveries. Also new are exercises that require students to explore research and citizen science web sites, which can be used for homework, lab exercises, or writing across the curriculum projects. New media-based activities ask students to use Nebraska Simulations or Nort‛s AstroTours (found on the companion web site) to work through guided questions and applications. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (


Teaches students to think like scientists.

About the Author

Laura Kay is Ann Whitney Olin professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College, where she has taught since 1991. She received a BS degree in physics from Stanford University, and MS and PhD degrees in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California- Santa Cruz. She studies active galactic nuclei, using ground-based and space telescopes. She teaches courses in astronomy, astrobiology, women and science, and polar exploration.Stacy Palen received her bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in 1993 and her PhD from the University of Iowa in 1998. Upon graduation she spent four years as a post-doc/lecturer at the University of Washington, where she taught introductory astronomy 20 times in four years. This experience enabled her to really focus on students' conceptual difficulties with the course material, and experiment with ways to address them. Her astronomical research has focused on multi-wavelength studies of dying sun-like stars. She has also conducted research in the teaching and learning of astronomy, and served on multiple national committees that promote astronomy through education and public outreach. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. In addition to the usual professorial duties, she also runs the Ott Planetarium, an astronomy outreach center that produces planetarium content for all ages. She lives on a small farm with her husband, two dogs, two dairy goats, four horses, and an ever-changing number of chickens.Bradford Smith, who studies solar system cosmogony and stellar astronomy, is affiliated with the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii.George Blumenthal is professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studies a wide range of topics including cosmology, dark matter, and the origin of structure in the Universe.

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Kay, Laura
W. W. Norton & Company
Kay, Laura
Smith, Bradford
Palen, Stacy
Blumenthal, George
Astronomy - General
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Fourth Edition
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27.69 x 23.11 x 2.03 mm 1.27 kg

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