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  • ISBN: 9780292751330
  • ISBN10: 0292751338

Modern Astronomy: An Activities Approach

by Hemenway, Mary K.

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/2005
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From a review of the first edition: ." . . strongly recommend ed . . . both for introductory astronomy lab courses and for individual study." --Sky and Telescope Through a series of self-paced observational activities, this book makes the study of astronomy accessible to those with no background in the subject. The early projects employ simple, easy-to-assemble equipment (several cutouts are provided) to introduce the subject of astronomical measurements. As understanding progresses, so do the scope and depth of the activities. All begin with actual observations and measurements that realistically simulate the research carried out by professionals. Over twenty experiments are presented, including a new unit on the use of a CCD (Charged Couple Device) detector on a telescope. The revised edition of Modern Astronomy is the first laboratory book to include this state-of-the art observing technology. Other sections offer material on sky mapping, fundamental principles of stellar evolution, motion and phases of the moon, properties of lenses and mirrors, spectroscopy, solar energy, galaxies, and celestial photography. Several useful appendixes, star maps, many illustrations, and sources for most materials are included. Each activity, arranged in a flexible format, allows individuals with different interests to follow different tracks through the material by omitting those aspects less pertinent to their goals. Readers will find the volume suitable for self-study or for use in an activities class in astronomy. Although the book will be enjoyed by everyone interested in the sky, it is especially helpful for teachers of astronomy who wish to learn skills and exercises that they can use intheir own classrooms, at all levels from elementary through college.
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