Discovering the Universe: From the Stars to the Planets

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Macmillan, Dec 26, 2008 - Science - 624 pages

Discovering the Universe: From the Stars to the Planets engages students with an inquiry-based exploration of the universe and the scientific process. Developed with a “big picture” approach, the text first explains how the stars, the galaxies, and the entire universe formed, and then discusses planets and other components of our solar system. Students follow this natural conceptual progression within a proven learning method designed to address misconceptions and build a deep understanding of science and the world around us.

 

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Contents

Discovering the Night Sky
9
Gravitation and the Motion
39
Constellations
42
location created scheduling
48
An Astronomers Toolbox 22 Energy
56
Light and Telescopes
67
OPTICS AND TELESCOPES
75
Guided Discovery Buying a Telescope
86
primordial gas
348
Guided Discovery Superstring Theory
356
Understanding
361
Formation of the Solar System
364
solar system still exists
372
Formation of the Solar System
375
breathtaking variety of stars
379
Earth and Moon
385

use reflectors to collect their
93
Atomic Physics and Spectra
103
IDENTIFYING THE ELEMENTS
109
An Astronomers Toolbox 42 Radioactivity
115
An Astronomers Toolbox
123
Our Extraordinary
128
THE ACTIVE SUN
134
THE SUNS INTERIOR
143
Summary of Key Ideas
150
Characterizing Stars
154
An Astronomers Toolbox 61 Distances
157
D
163
STELLAR MASSES
169
The Doppler Shift
174
Summary of Key Ideas
176
The Lives of Stars from
181
PROTOSTARS
182
MAINSEQUENCE AND GIANT STARS
195
Summary of Key Ideas
211
The Deaths of Stars
217
The Milky Way Galaxy 267
222
An Astronomers Toolbox 141 The Sizes
248
92 General relativity explains
250
EVIDENCE FOR BLACK HOLES
256
Summary of Key Ideas
264
The Milky Way Galaxy
270
MYSTERIES AT THE GALACTIC FRINGES
284
Galaxies
289
TYPES OF GALAXIES
290
SUPERCLUSTERS IN MOTION
307
Guided Discovery The Expanding Universe
313
Quasars and Other Active
319
QUASARS
320
SUPERMASSIVE ENGINES
327
Cosmology
335
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPACETIME
341
THE MOON AND TIDES
396
cast into space when a huge asteroid
403
93
406
WHAT IF The Moon Didnt Exist?
415
The Other Terrestrial Planets
417
95
419
VENUS
423
MARS
429
with dust
435
Mars continues
441
The Outer Planets
452
JUPITERS MOONS AND RINGS
458
The Outer Planets
463
SATURN
466
magnetic field
473
Summary of Key Ideas
483
Vagabonds of the Solar System
489
97
494
215
498
COMETS
500
METEOROIDS METEORS
509
A Supernova
515
Astrobiology
523
Summary of Key Ideas
534
102
A-1
D
A-4
107
A-7
163
A-10
109
A-15
113
1-1
165
1-2
430
1-3
NONOPTICAL ASTRONOMY
1-8
464
1-9
181
1-11
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