Higher Education

Foundations of Astronomy, 10th Edition

  • Michael A. Seeds Franklin and Marshall College
  • ISBN-10: 049538724X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495387244
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2005, 2003
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $291.75
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About

Overview

With this newly revised tenth edition of FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, Mike Seeds' goal is to help students use astronomy to understand science--and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text illustrates the scientific method and guides students to answer these fundamental questions: What are we? How do we know? In discussing the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, Seeds provides not only fact but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science.This edition addresses the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, including new data on Jupiter's ring system; new observations of the shapes of stars; new evidence of dark energy, quasars, and galaxy collisions; and a look inside supernova explosions.And whether you choose to assign homework in an online environment, give your students access to an affordable and interactive online text, or do both, FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY Online Version is the ideal solution for your course needs. The Online Version gives your students Web-based access to a digital version of Michael A. Seeds' best-selling astronomy textbook as well as the online Enhanced WebAssign® homework management system so you can assign and manage homework online. Visit academic.cengage.com/astronomy/seeds for an interactive demonstration today!

Features and Benefits

  • Seeds' thematic emphasis on the scientific method stands out in two recurring text features. "How Do We Know?" boxes draw on examples of great moments in science from various disciplines to illustrate the logical processes scientists use to learn about nature. The "Scientific Argument" feature at the end of each section contains a carefully designed question to help students review the key concepts. A short answer follows each question to emphasize how scientists construct logical arguments from observations, evidence, theories, and natural laws. A further question gives students a chance to construct their own argument on a related issue.
  • For the tenth 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 that chapter. These essential questions act as the organizing elements in the chapter summaries to encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of the material rather than just memorize a list of facts.
  • Seeds' 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 marry art and text, encouraging students to synthesize information as a unified concept. Guided Discovery Figures lead students through several frames of art to demonstrate processes that occur over time and provide brief guiding comments explaining each frame. To help students understand the main idea at a glance, all H-R diagrams are consistently designed.
  • Two different CD-based planetarium software options are available on request, allowing instructors more flexibility when designing their course. Choose from TheSky™ Student Edition or Starry Night™.
  • Available on request with the text are two innovative technology enhancements. Virtual Astronomy Labs focus on 20 of the most important concepts in astronomy, offering students hands-on exercises that complement text topics. 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, and extra-credit work. CengageNOW for Astronomy creates a Personalized Learning Plan for students based on their performance on a series of self-diagnostic quizzes to help them focus their study time on the concepts that require their attention.

Table of Contents

Part I: EXPLORING THE SKY.
1. What Are We? How Do We Know?
2. The Sky.
3. Cycles of the Moon.
4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy.
5. Gravity.
6. Light and Telescopes.
Part II: THE STARS.
7. Atoms and Starlight.
8. The Sun.
9. The Family of Stars.
10. The Interstellar Medium.
11. The Formation of Stars.
12. Stellar Evolution.
13. The Deaths of Stars.
14. Neutron Stars and Black Holes.
Part III: THE UNIVERSE.
15. The Milky Way Galaxy.
16. Galaxies.
17. Galaxies with Active Nuclei.
18. Cosmology in the 21st Century.
Part IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
19. The Origin of the Solar System.
20. Earth: The Standard of Comparative Planetology.
21. The Moon and Mercury: Comparing Airless Worlds.
22. Comparative Planetology of Venus and Mars.
23. Comparative Planetology of Jupiter and Saturn.
24. Uranus, Neptune, and the Dwarf Planets.
25. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets.
Part V: LIFE.
26. Life on Other Worlds.
Afterword.
Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data.
Appendix B: Observing the Sky.
Glossary.
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems.
Index.

What's New

  • FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, Chapter 1, titled "What Are We? How Do We Know?" lays out the book's key themes and locates the reader in space and time. This chapter includes the new section "When Is Now?" that gives readers a sense of their place in the history of the universe.
  • Each chapter ends with a "What Are We?" box to reinforce why studying astronomy is so relevant to understanding our origins. By drawing connections between the chapter content and students' everyday experiences, these new boxed features help students develop an appreciation for their place in the universe.
  • Fully updated to reflect the rapid and exciting developments in astronomy, the text includes coverage of the latest results on Jupiter's ring system, magnetosphere, and atmospheric circulation; new observations of the shapes of stars; new evidence of dark energy, quasars, and galaxy collisions; and a look inside supernova explosions. The text also has been enhanced with the newest photographs from the Spitzer Infrared Observatory, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as with new images of Saturn and its moons from Cassini.
  • New "Learning to Look" questions at the end of each chapter ask students to look at a photo and answer questions about what they see. Astronomy is a visual science, so students must learn to identify critical concepts visually.
  • Whether you choose to assign homework in an online environment, give your students access to an affordable and interactive online text, or do both, FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY Online Version is the ideal solution for your course needs. The Online Version gives your students Web-based access to a digital version of Michael A. Seeds' best-selling astronomy textbook as well as the online Enhanced WebAssign® homework management system so you can assign and manage homework online. Visit academic.cengage.com/astronomy/seeds for an interactive demonstration today!

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

This resource manual, designed for use with Seeds' complete FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY text, which features the complete text of THE SOLAR SYSTEM, 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. Available exclusively for download from the password-protected Instructor's Website.

CengageNOW™, Virtual Astronomy Labs 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495394173 | ISBN-13: 9780495394174)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

List Price = $104.00  | CengageBrain Price = $104.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $104.00

Multimedia Manager with Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0495387312 | ISBN-13: 9780495387312)

This easy-to-use multimedia lecture tool helps you quickly assemble art, photos, and multimedia with notes to create fluid lectures. PowerLecture includes nearly every image from Seeds' complete text, FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, 10e, and a collection of Active Figure animations and additional simulations. Preformatted PowerPoint® presentations, assembled for each text chapter, facilitate creating lecture presentations. For instructors using Audience Response System technology, the CD also contains a collection of preformatted "clicker" questions tied specifically to the text. The simple interface makes it easy for you to include graphics, digital video, animations, and audio clips in your lectures.

TheSky™ Student Edition CD-ROM with TheSky™ Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0534390722 | ISBN-13: 9780534390723)

This workbook provides students with examples, exercises, and in-depth explanations of astronomical topics found in TheSky™ Student Edition planetarium software. Topics include the different types of sky coordinates, motions of the Earth and planetary objects, naming conventions and locations of astronomical bodies, lunar phases, solar and lunar eclipses, and sidereal time. The workbook also includes detailed instructions for using the software.

List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.25

Starry Night CD-ROM 4.5  (ISBN-10: 0495382388 | ISBN-13: 9780495382386)

Starry Night™ is powerful planetarium software for learning about the night sky. Containing data on 1 million stars and 110 deep-space objects including galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae, Starry Night™ lets you view the sky from an exact location on Earth or from elsewhere within 20,000 light-years of our solar system. You can choose to travel through 200,000 years, from the remote past to the distant future. User-friendly tools make it easy to identify constellations and jump to a desired location. You can even create personal QuickTime® movies of the experience.

Student Supplements

CengageNOW™, Virtual Astronomy Labs 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495394173 | ISBN-13: 9780495394174)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

List Price = $104.00  | CengageBrain Price = $104.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $104.00

TheSky™ Student Edition CD-ROM with TheSky™ Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0534390722 | ISBN-13: 9780534390723)

In this workbook, you'll find examples, exercises, and in-depth explanations of astronomical topics found in TheSky™ Student Edition planetarium software. Topics include the different types of sky coordinates, motions of the earth and planetary objects, naming conventions and locations of astronomical bodies, lunar phases, solar and lunar eclipses, and sidereal time. The workbook also contains detailed instructions for using the software.

List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.25

Starry Night CD-ROM 4.5  (ISBN-10: 0495382388 | ISBN-13: 9780495382386)

Starry Night™ is powerful planetarium software for learning about the night sky. It contains data on 1 million stars and 110 deep-space objects--galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae--and lets you view the sky from an exact location on Earth or from elsewhere within 20,000 light-years of our solar system. You can choose to travel through 200,000 years, from the remote past to the distant future. User-friendly tools make it easy to identify constellations and jump to the desired location. You can even create personal QuickTime® movies of the experience.

List Price = $458.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $345.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.