His personal Web site is www. Mastering brings learning full circle by continuously adapting to each student and making learning more personal than ever—before, during, and after class. His research interests include planetary atmospheres and planetary astronomy, with a focus on the odd case of Jupiter's moon Io. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts 10. Aiming to foster a lifelong learning experience, the authors focus on key concepts, providing big picture context, promoting conceptual understanding, and preferring plain language to jargon. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class, and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources. Students further master concepts through book-specific Mastering Astronomy assignments, which provide hints and answer-specific feedback to build problem-solving skills.
Built strong tradition of effective pedagogy and coverage, the text focuses on skill-building and includes group work exercises that require active participation. His research interests range from interstellar processes in our own galaxy to the clustering of galaxies in the early universe, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He continued his studies at the California Institute of Technology, where he was a research fellow in theoretical astrophysics, and then moved on to Johns Hopkins University as a Hubble Fellow. In accordance with Newtons first law of motion, any rotating or orbiting object will have a fixed acceleration as long as there is no torque acting on it. This is why the earth's orbital angular momentum stays fixed, why the earth orbits faster nearer the sun radius decreases, velocity increases and why it's rotational angular momentum is gradually slowing transferring rotational angular momentum to the moon 1. Off the job, Nick enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family and figuring out how things work. Megan Donahue is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University and President of the American Astronomical Society.
Bring Learning Full Circle with MasteringAstronomy MasteringAstronomy from Pearson is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students before, during, and after class with powerful content. Icons call attention to a few of the features that promote critical thinking throughout the chapter and in the end of chapter problems. Interactive prelecture videos provide subject overview for exposure to key concepts before class, opening the classroom time for active learning or deeper discussions of topics. These days, Megan runs trails, orienteers, and plays piano and bass guitar whenever her children allow it. Assignable activities help students build versatile interpretation skills.
The fully updated Eighth Edition includes the latest scientific discoveries, revises several subjects based on our most current understanding of the cosmos, and now emphasizes deeper understanding of the twists and turns of the process of science and the relevance of concepts to student's lives. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 6. He specializes in science and math education and has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. This market-leading online tutorial and homework system has been updated with new content that helps students learn and review more effectively outside of class. This forms a cycle that transports energy outwards to the photosphere where the photons can escape to space. Earths atmosphere light pollution and turbulence can limit the angular resolution of telescopes located on the ground.
Dedicated to bringing an understanding of the universe, its scientific basis and its relevance to our lives, each chapter is written to specific learning goals that build an ideal learning path for students. Specific wrong-answer feedback guides students to a deeper understanding of their significance in the universe. Mathematically all three statements can be combined into one equation. Designed and written for a one-semester course, this ebook shares many of the strengths of its more comprehensive best-selling sibling, The Cosmic Perspective. For two-semester courses in astronomy. Extraordinary Claims boxes delve deeper into the realities of the Process of Science as it unfolds using case studies to highlight the twists, turns and dead ends as well as successful results.
These appear at the end of every chapter. Chapter 9 has been reorganized and rewritten to reflect recent developments in the study of small bodies, particularly the revolutionary new views provided by recent spacecraft including Dawn, Rosetta, and New Horizons. Aiming to foster a lifelong learning experience, the authors focus on key concepts, providing big picture context, promoting conceptual understanding, and preferring plain language to jargon. Pause-and-respond questions engage students in a deeper understanding of the topic, while the assignable activities help students build versatile interpretation skills. And the axis tilt defines the direction in which the earth is oriented towards a star called Polaris, or the North Star. Mark Voit is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University. This tilt is relative to the ecliptic plane and has no meaning in space where there is no up or down.
Team names are no longer case sensitive. Be sure that you explain why erosion is important on this many worlds and not more. Key Concepts for Astronomy 4. Mastering Astronomy now features Virtual Astronomy Labs, providing assignable online lab activities that use Stellarium and Interactive Figures. Formation of the Solar System 7.
He is married to coauthor Megan Donahue, and cooks terrific meals for her and their three children. Energy travels from the core in the form of photons and moves through the sun's radiation zone by radiative diffusion eventually making it's way to the convection zone. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MasteringAstronomy does not come packaged with this content. The strength of gravity between two objects decreases with the square of the distance between their centres. This The Essential Cosmic Perspective publication was reported as an alleged copyright violation.
Teaching the Process of Science through Astronomy Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective, Eighth Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. A protostar is born when the molecular cloud stops contracting due to the the thermal pressure that has built up inside and that is pushing against gravity. Life in the Universe About the Author s Jeffrey Bennett holds a B. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. Megan is married to Mark Voit, and they collaborate on many projects, including this textbook and the raising of their children, Michaela, Sebastian, and Angela. The Birth of the Universe 18. Students can further master concepts after class through homework assignments that provide interactivity, hints and answer-specific feedback.