This is an extensive revision of the first (and still, only) introductory astronomy text to take a ``discovery activities'' approach to learning astronomy, encouraging students to be active rather than passive learners. Students use an equipment kit included with the book to construct observing instruments, including a telescope, so they can carry out measurement activities and obtain direct experience in the scientific gathering and analyzing of data. The text is flexible; it is not a lab manual. The equipment kit is available separately; it contains a simple telescope, a cross-staff, quadrant, spectroscope, Ray Box grill, telescope, and diffraction grating. Changes in this new edition include greater adaptability of the text, updated astrophysics, observations from the Voyager mission, discussion of grand unified theories and of the inflationary universe.
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Uses a discovery approach which encourages readers to be active rather than passive learners. Organized in the way astronomy developed--from observations to an understanding first of the solar system and later of stars and galaxies. A separate Activity Kit features experimentation and measurement projects in order to obtain direct experience in the scientific gathering and analyzing of data. In this edition, the art program has been expanded to include full color photos plus computer generated multicolor diagrams which help clarify complex concepts. Contains a completely rewritten and updated discussion of the planets and a new Earth/Moon chapter.Review:
Instructor's Manual, Student Study Guide, CD-ROM, Test Bank, Slides and Transparencies available. -- The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
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Book Description Kendall Hunt Pub Co, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0787255580