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Pathways to Astronomy

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ISBN-10: 0073512133

ISBN-13: 9780073512136

Edition: 3rd 2012

Authors: Stephen E. Schneider, Thomas Arny

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Pathways to Astronomybreaks down introductory astronomy into its component parts. The huge and fascinating field of astronomy is divided into 84 units. These units are woven together to flow naturally for the person who wants to read the text like a book, but it is also possible to assign them in different orders, or skip certain units altogether. Professors can customize the units to fit their course needs. They can select individual units for exploration in lecture while assigning easier units for self-study, or they can cover all the units in full depth in a content-rich course. With the short length of units, students can easily digest the material covered in an individual unit before…    
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Book details

List price: $199.67
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 2/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 800
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.872
Language: English

Tom Arny is an Emeritus professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was associated there with the Five College Astronomy Program(comprising faculty from U-Mass, Amhurst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges). Dr. Arny received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. In addition to his interest in astronomy, he has a long-standing fascination with the natural world: weather (especially atmospheric optics such as rainbows), birds, wildflowers, and butterflies.Visit Dr. Arny's website at:

Looking Up Illustrations
the Cosmic Landscape
Our Planetary Neighborhood
Beyond the Solar System
Astronomical Numbers
Foundations of Astronomy
The Night Sky
The Year
The Time of Day
Lunar Cycles
Geometry of the Earth, Moon, and Sun
Planets: The Wandering Stars
The Beginnings of Modern Astronomy
Observing the Sky
Probing Matter, Light, and Their Interactions
Astronomical Motion: Inertia, Mass, and Force
Force, Acceleration, and Interaction
The Universal Law of Gravity
Measuring a Body's Mass Using Orbital Motion
Orbital and Escape Velocities
Conservation Laws
The Dual Nature of Light and Matter
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Thermal Radiation
Identifying Atoms by Their Spectra
The Doppler Shift
Special Relativity
General Relativity
Detecting Light
Collecting Light
Focusing Light
Telescope Resolution
The Earth's Atmosphere and Space Observatories
Amateur Astronomy
The Solar System
The Structure of the Solar System
The Origin of the Solar System
Other Planetary Systems
The Earth as a Terrestrial Planet
Earth's Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
Our Moon
Comparative Planetology
Jupiter and Saturn
Uranus and Neptune
Satellite Systems and Rings
Ice Worlds, Pluto, and Beyond
Impacts on Earth
Stars and Stellar Evolution
The Sun, Our Star
The Sun's Source of Power
Solar Activity
Surveying the Stars
The Luminosities of Stars
The Temperatures and Compositions of Stars
The Masses of Orbiting Stars
The Sizes of Stars
The H-R Diagram
Overview of Stellar Evolution
Star Formation
Main-Sequence Stars
Giant Stars
Variable Stars
Mass Loss and Death of Low-Mass Stars
Exploding White Dwarfs
Old Age and Death of Massive Stars
Neutron Stars
Black Holes
Star Clusters
Galaxies and the Universe
Discovering the Milky Way
Stars of the Milky Way
Gas and Dust in the Milky Way
Mass and Motions in the Milky Way
A Universe of Galaxies
Types of Galaxies
Galaxy Clustering
Active Galactic Nuclei
Dark Matter
The Edges of the Universe
The Curvature of the Universe
The Beginnings of the Universe
Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe
The Search for Life Elsewhere
Answers to Test Yourself Questions