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Learning Astronomy by Doing Astronomy: Collaborative Lecture Activities + Digital Product License Key Folder with Smartwork5 Access Card, 2nd Edition

  • Stacy Palen
  • Ana Larson
  • ISBN-10: 0393419843
  • ISBN-13: 9780393419849
  • 0 Pages | Best Buy Package
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Available July 2020
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About the Product

We learn best by doing Research shows that students learn best by doing. This workbook, written by two master teachers, contains 36 field-tested activities, including nine new to the Second Edition, that span the introductory astronomy course and can be used in any size classroom. Each activity is now self-contained with an introduction that provides necessary background material for students. Activities are built around a concept that leads students from basic knowledge to a deeper understanding through guided interactions. The Second Edition is supported by Smartwork5, so instructors can easily assess student understanding.


  • A more conceptual approach to quantitative literacy While the authors believe that quantitative literacy is important, the Second Edition asks students to do very little math. Where appropriate, students are walked through a quantitative explanation rather than being asked to make calculations. In addition, Activities 1 and 2 from the First Edition have been replaced with more qualitative activities. Almost half of the activities include no math, and they are spread out across the whole course. Pre- and post-activity questions in Smartwork5 help prepare students for the activity, then assess students on what they learned by doing the activity.

  • Easily assess in-class activities outside of class Learning Astronomy by Doing Astronomy is now supported by its own Smartwork5 course containing around 350 pre- and post-activity questions written by Stacy Palen and Ana Larson. These questions, many of which are visual, can be easily assigned as is or customized to meet instructor needs. And each question includes one default feedback statement aimed at helping students master the material. These Smartwork5 questions will be available on the DLP for the workbook. They will also be available in the Smartwork5 courses for each of our introductory astronomy textbooks, so instructors who use the workbook with a textbook will have a one-stop solution for online assessment.

  • Proven activities for no additional cost Learning Astronomy by Doing Astronomy is an affordable way for instructors to incorporate more active learning into their classroom. The workbook can be packaged with any Norton introductory astronomy text for no additional cost. Contact your local Norton representative for package ISBNs.

Table of Contents

1. Designing a Scale Model of the Solar System

2. Motions of the Celestial Sphere and Sky Maps

3. Where on Earth Are You?

4. Studying the Phases of the Moon from a Privileged View

5. Working with Kepler's Laws

6. Extraterrestrial Tourism

7. Light and Spectra

8. Where to Put the Telescope?

9. 51 Pegasi: The Discovery of a New Planet

10. Ranking Task for Formation of Planetary Systems

11. Age Dating the Lunar Surface Using Cratering Statistics

12. Kepler’s Laws and a Manned Mission to Mars

13. Planetary Climates

14. Comparison of Storms on Jupiter and Earth

15. The Clearing and Herding of Saturn's Ring Particles

16. Investigating Moons of the Giant Planets

17. Classifying Meteorites

18. Spectral Classification of Stars

19. Finding Distances to Stars Using Parallax Measurements

20. Analyzing a Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun

21. Analyzing the Stages in the Evolution of the Sun

22. The Stuff between the Stars

23. Investigating the Crab Nebula and Pulsar

24. A Flowchart of the Life and Death of Massive Stars

25. Determining Ages of Star Clusters

26. Bent Space and Black Holes

27. Dark Matter

28. Light Travel Time and the Size of a Quasar

29. The Distance to the Center of the Galaxy

30. Finding the Expansion Rate and the Age of the Universe

31. Gravitational Waves and Merging Black Holes

32. The Hubble Deep Field North

33. Calculating the Mass of the Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy

34. Evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang to Today

35. Habitable Worlds

36. A Cosmic Calendar

New to this edition

  • New activities and pedagogy based on reviewer feedback make the Second Edition an even better resource. In response to user and reviewer feedback, the authors have made the Second Edition more complete by adding nine new activities. To make the workbook more self-contained, each activity now includes an introduction with basic background information as well as key terms, which are also defined in the new glossary. Images for select activities have been added to an appendix for easy reference.