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Stars and Galaxies, 8th Edition

  • Michael A. Seeds
  • Dana Backman
  • ISBN-10: 1111990662
  • ISBN-13: 9781111990664
  • 496 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Fascinating, engaging, and extremely visual, Stars and Galaxies Eighth Edition emphasizes the scientific method throughout as it guides students to answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know? Updated with the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, authors Michael Seeds and Dana Backman discuss the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, while providing not only fact but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science.

Features

  • For the Eighth Edition, several elements have been designed to help students develop a stronger understanding of the big picture. Chapter-opening "Guideposts" connect previous and subsequent chapters to the material students are about to read, highlighting the "essential questions" within the current chapter. These essential questions act as the organizing elements in chapter summaries to encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of the material rather than just memorize a list of facts.

  • The authors' thematic emphasis on the scientific method is emphasized throughout. "How Do We Know?" boxes highlight great moments in science from various disciplines to illustrate the logical processes scientists use to learn about nature. End-of-section "Scientific Argument" features offer a carefully designed question to help students review key concepts. The short answers that follow emphasize how scientists construct logical arguments from observations, evidence, theories, and natural laws. An additional question gives students a chance to construct their own argument on a related issue.

  • A unique art program showcases this visual science in a consistent, striking new style. The hallmark Concept Art Spreads are numbered and emphasized in text narratives, making these two-page visual summaries easy to analyze and synthesize. Concept Figures combine art and text, encouraging students to synthesize information as a unified concept. Guided Discovery Figures provide insightful comments as they lead students through several frames of art, demonstrating processes that occur over time. All H-R diagrams are consistently designed to help students understand the main idea at a glance.

  • In addition, chapter content comes to life with many new and captivating photographs from the Spitzer Infrared Observatory, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as new images of Saturn, its rings, and its moons from the Cassini spacecraft.

  • Enhanced WebAssign for Seeds' STARS AND GALAXIES, 8th Edition - Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign® combines the exceptional Astronomy content that you know and love with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content and interactive eBooks helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. Online assignments can be built by selecting from hundreds of text-specific problems or supplemented with problems from any Cengage Learning textbook.

About the Author

Michael A. Seeds

Mike Seeds was a professor of physics and astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1970 until his retirement in 2001. In 1989 he received F&M College’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Mike’s love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on archaeoastronomy and on the Copernican Revolution (“Changing Concepts of the Universe”). His research interests focused on variable stars and automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th edition (2012); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage. He was senior consultant for creation of the 20-episode telecourse accompanying his book Horizons: Exploring the Universe.

Dana Backman

Dana Backman taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1991 until 2003. He invented and taught a course titled “Life in the Universe” in F&M’s interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dana now teaches introductory Solar System astronomy at Santa Clara University and introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. His research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system’s Kuiper belt. Dana is employed by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, as director of education and public outreach for SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Dana is coauthor with Mike Seeds of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 14th edition (2018); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage.

Table of Contents

PART I: EXPLORING THE SKY.
1. Here and Now.
Where Are You? When Is Now? Why Study Astronomy?
2. A User's Guide to the Sky.
The Stars. The Sky and Celestial Motion. The Cycles of the Sun. Astronomical Influences on Earth's Climate.
3. Cycles of the Moon.
The Changeable Moon. Lunar Eclipses. Solar Eclipses. Predicting Eclipses.
4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy.
The Roots of Astronomy. The Copernican Revolution. Planetary Motion. Galileo Galilei. Modern Astronomy.
5. Gravity.
Galileo and Newton. Orbital Motion and Tides. Einstein and Relativity.
6. Light and Telescopes.
Radiation: Information from Space. Telescopes. Observations on Earth: Optical and Radio. Airborne and Space Observatories. Astronomical Instruments and Techniques. Nonelectromagnetic Astronomy.
PART II: THE STARS.
7. Atoms and Spectra.
Atoms. Interactions of Light and Matter. Understanding Spectra.
8. The Sun.
The Solar Atmosphere. Solar Activity. Nuclear Fusion in the Sun.
9. The Family of Stars.
Star Distances. Apparent Brightness, Intrinsic Brightness, and Luminosity. Stellar Spectra. Star Sizes. Star Masses--Binary Stars. A Census of the Stars.
10. The Interstellar Medium.
Studying the Interstellar Medium. Components of the Interstellar Medium. The Gas-Stars-Gas Cycle.
11. The Formation and Structure of Stars.
Making Stars from the Interstellar Medium. The Orion Nebula: Evidence of Star Formation. Young Stellar Objects and Protostellar Disks. Stellar Structure. The Source of Stellar Energy.
12. Stellar Evolution.
Main-Sequence Stars. Post-Main-Sequence Evolution. Star Clusters: Evidence of Evolution. Variable Stars: Evidence of Evolution.
13. The Deaths of Stars.
Lower-Main-Sequence Stars. The Evolution of Binary Stars.
14. Neutron Stars and Black Holes.
Neutron Stars. Black Holes. Compact Objects with Disks and Jets.
PART III: THE UNIVERSE.
15. The Milky Way Galaxy.
Discovery of the Galaxy. Structure of the Galaxy. Spiral Arms and Star Formation. The Nucleus of the Galaxy. Origin and History of the Milky Way Galaxy.
16. Galaxies.
The Family of Galaxies. Measuring the Properties of Galaxies. The Evolution of Galaxies.
17. Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes.
Active Galactic Nuclei. Supermassive Black Holes.
18. Modern Cosmology.
Introduction to the Universe. The Big Bang Theory. Space & Time; Matter & Energy. Twenty-First-Century Cosmology.
PART IV: LIFE.
19. Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds.
The Nature of Life. Life in the Universe. Intelligent Life in the Universe.
Afterword.
Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data.
Introduction.
Fundamental and Derived SI Units.
Appendix B. Observing the Sky.

New to this edition

  • The latest updates on Earth-based giant telescopes and giant radio telescopes.
  • NEW information emphasizing observations over the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Reordered subsections on the sun and star formation that place structure first and energy generation last.
  • Clarified discussions of white dwarfs and supernovae, Revised coverage of neutron stars.
  • NEW insight on global warming and ozone depletion.
  • NEW section on extremophiles.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

CengageNOW (No eBook) 2-Semester Instant Access Virtual Astronomy Labs 2.0  (ISBN-10: 1111987122 | ISBN-13: 9781111987121)

An online, interactive way for students to explore astronomy, Virtual Astronomy Laboratories allows students to have a hands-on lab experience from their computers. Enhance students' understanding of the scientific method with the Virtual Astronomy Laboratories. Focusing on 20 of the most important concepts in astronomy, the labs offer students hands-on exercises that complement text topics. Instructors can set up classes online and view student results. Exercise and quiz results are tracked automatically. Virtual Astronomy Labs are the perfect complement to lecture or lab. Virtual Astronomy Labs 2.0 has been completely revised. The labs now include more animations, photos, and illustrations. Exercise and quizzes provide score information and feedback upon submission. Labs are correlated to learning objectives and "The Big Ideas." The platform has been improved with enhanced navigation through a table of contents that tracks progress.

The SkyX Student Edition CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 143904905X | ISBN-13: 9781439049051)
PowerLecture  (ISBN-10: 1133110681 | ISBN-13: 9781133110682)

This CD-ROM (or DVD) provides the instructor with dynamic media tools for teaching. Create, deliver, and customize tests (both print and online) in minutes with ExamView® Computerized Testing. A comprehensive Instructor's Manual contains additional lectures and key instructor resources, including suggested course syllabi; listings of main concepts; chapter outlines and notes; classroom demonstrations; answers to review, end-of-chapter, and critical inquiry questions; recommended readings; and a complete test bank with answers. Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides and figures from the book are also included on this CD-ROM (or DVD). Use Join In to turn your lectures into an interactive learning environment that promotes conceptual understanding. Available exclusively for higher education from our partnership with Turning Technologies, JoinIn™ is the easiest way to turn your lecture hall into a personal, fully interactive experience for your students! JoinIn on TurningPoint is simply the easiest, most powerful, completely interactive Microsoft® PowerPoint® tool available today. By using JoinIn, you can pose text-specific questions to a large group, gather results, and display students' answers seamlessly.

Student Supplements

CengageNOW (No eBook) 2-Semester Instant Access Virtual Astronomy Labs 2.0  (ISBN-10: 1111987122 | ISBN-13: 9781111987121)

An online, interactive way for students to explore astronomy, Virtual Astronomy Laboratories 2.0 allows students to have a hands-on lab experience from their computers. Enhance students' understanding of the scientific method with the Virtual Astronomy Laboratories. Focusing on 20 of the most important concepts in astronomy, the labs offer students hands-on exercises that complement text topics. Instructors can set up classes online and view student results. Exercise and quiz results are tracked automatically. Virtual Astronomy Labs are the perfect complement to lecture or lab. BE UPDATED AFTER BUNDLING DETERMINED[Automatically bundled at no additional cost with most new copies of the text], the Virtual Astronomy Labs are an online, interactive way for students to learn. Focusing on twenty of the most important concepts in astronomy, the labs offer students hands-on exercises that complement the topics in the text. Instructors can set up classes online and view student results, or students can print their lab reports for submission, making the Virtual Astronomy Labs ideal for homework assignments, lab exercises, or extra-credit work.

The SkyX Student Edition CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 143904905X | ISBN-13: 9781439049051)