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Discovering Astronomy

R. Robert Robbins, William H. Jefferys

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ISBN 10: 0471832111 / ISBN 13: 9780471832119
Published by Wiley
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Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2564427321

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Title: Discovering Astronomy

Publisher: Wiley

Binding: Misc. Supplies

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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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.

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