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Horizons: Exploring the Universe, Hybrid (with CengageNow Printed Access Card), 13th Edition

  • includes CengageNOW Printed Access Card
  • Michael A. Seeds Franklin and Marshall College
  • Dana Backman
  • Michele Montgomery University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • ISBN-10: 113336523X  |  ISBN-13: 9781133365235
  • 528 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.00

About

Overview

Mike Seeds', Dana Backman's, and Michele Montgomery's best-selling HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, engages students by focusing on two central questions: "How Do We Know?" which emphasizes the role of evidence in the scientific process, providing insights into how science works; and "What Are We?" which highlights our place as planet dwellers in an evolving universe, guiding students to ask questions about where we came from and how we formed a perspective that the study of astronomy is uniquely positioned to emphasize. This new Hybrid edition includes new end-of-chapter material available in our CNOW online homework system. And because every course is as unique as its instructor--and its students--HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, is supported by a range of teaching and learning solutions that allow you to craft the best course for your approach and course needs. Our innovative instructor resources include CNOW online homework management, new PowerPoint lectures, new test items, and a MindTap Reader. Students can select from several eBook options, a student MindTap Reader, student tutorial systems, or virtual astronomy labs. HORIZONS HYBRID 13e provides the ideal foundation--our powerful technology tools are the building blocks that help you customize your course to fit your and your students' needs.

Features and Benefits

  • New end-of-chapter material written specically for the CNOW homework system to enhance the online experience. All content is written by Michele Montgomery (UCF) to focus student attention on the textbook and limit the usefulness of Internet searches for all homework answers. Specific content encouraging Internet use is designed to teach students how to identify and use legitimate and evidence-based sources when they are on the Web. Montgomery has also revised and rewritten the exam material and the PowerPoint lectures to better showcase the content available in the textbook. "Large Class Size" exercises are available in every chapter. There is a guide provided to instructors for how to quickly grade homework that is submitted in an essay or short-answer format.

Table of Contents

PART I: EXPLORING THE SKY.
1. Here and Now.
Where Are We? When Is Now? Why Study Astronomy?
2. A User's Guide to the Sky.
The Stars. The Sky and Its Motion.
3. Cycles of the Sun and Moon.
Cycles of the Sun. Astronomical Influences on Earth's Climate. The Changeable Moon.
4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy.
Classical Astronomy. The Copernican Revolution. Planetary Motion. Galileo Galilei. Isaac Newton and Orbital Motion.
5. Light and Telescopes.
Radiation: Information from Space. Telescopes. Observatories on Earth: Optical and Radio. Airborne and Space Observatories. Astronomical Instruments and Techniques.
PART II: THE STARS.
6. Atoms and Spectra.
Atoms. Interactions of Light and Matter. Understanding Spectra.
7. The Sun.
The Solar Atmosphere. Solar Activity. Nuclear Fusion in the Sun.
8. The Family of Stars.
Star Distances. Apparent Brightness, Intrinsic Brightness, and Luminosity. Star Spectra. Star Sizes. Star Masses--Binary Stars. A Census of the Stars.
9. The Formation and Structure of Stars.
The Interstellar Medium. Making Stars from the Interstellar Medium. Young Stellar Objects and Protostellar Disks. Stellar Structure and Nuclear Fusion. Main-Sequence Stars.
10. The Deaths of Stars.
Giant Stars. The Deaths of Lower-Main-Sequence Stars. The Evolution of Binary Systems. The Deaths of Massive Stars.
11. Neutron Stars and Black Holes.
Neutron Stars. Black Holes. Compact Objects with Disks and Jets.
PART III: THE UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES.
12. 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.
13. Galaxies: Normal and Active.
The Family of Galaxies. Measuring the Properties of Galaxies. The Evolution of Galaxies. Active Galactic Nuclei. Supermassive Black Holes.
14. Modern Cosmology.
Introduction to the Universe. The Big Bang Theory. Space and Time, Matter and Energy. Twenty-First-Century Cosmology.
PART IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
15. The Origin of the Solar System.
The Great Chain of Origins. A Survey of the Solar System. The Story of Planet Building. Planets Orbiting Other Stars.
16. Earth and Moon: Bases for Comparative Planetology.
A Travel Guide to the Terrestrial Planets. Planet Earth. The Moon.
17. Mercury, Venus, and Mars.
Mercury. Venus. Mars.
18. The Outer Solar System.
A Travel Guide to the Outer Solar System. Jupiter. Saturn. Uranus. Neptune. Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
19. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets.
Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites. Asteroids. Comets. Asteroid and Comet Impacts.
PART V: LIFE.
20. 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.
Appendix B Observing the Sky.
Glossary.
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems.
Credits.
Index.

What's New

  • New end-of-chapter material written specically for the CNOW homework system to enhance the online experience. All content is written by Michele Montgomery (UCF) to focus student attention on the textbook and limit the usefulness of Internet searches for all homework answers. Specific content encouraging Internet use is designed to teach students how to identify and use legitimate and evidence-based sources when they are on the Web. Montgomery has also revised and rewritten the exam material and the PowerPoint lectures to better showcase the content available in the textbook. "Large Class Size" exercises are available in every chapter. There is a guide provided to instructors for how to quickly grade homework that is submitted in an essay or short-answer format.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text, Hybrid + MindTap® Astronomy Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1305361253  | ISBN-13: 9781305361256

List Price = $140.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $106.00

This Bundle Includes:

  • Horizons: Exploring the Universe, Hybrid (with CengageNow Printed Access Card)
    List Price = $129.95  | CengageBrain Price = $129.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.00
  • MindTap® Astronomy, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card, Hybrid
    List Price = $84.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.00


ePack: Printed Text, Hybrid + MindTap® Astronomy Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305614348 | ISBN-13:  9781305614345

List Price = $140.95  | CengageBrain Price = $140.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $106.00

This Bundle Includes:

  • Horizons: Exploring the Universe, Hybrid (with CengageNow Printed Access Card)
    List Price = $129.95  | CengageBrain Price = $129.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.00
  • MindTap® Astronomy, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Seeds/Backman/Montgomery's Horizons: Exploring the Universe, Hybrid
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Instructor Supplements

Instructor Companion Site  (ISBN-10: 1285858735 | ISBN-13: 9781285858739)

Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via www.cengage.com/login. Access and download PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305096274 | ISBN-13: 9781305096271)

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text’s test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

CengageNOW™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Hybrid  (ISBN-10: 1285858751 | ISBN-13: 9781285858753)

CengageNOW offers all of your teaching and learning resources all in one place to help teach an astronomy course. CengageNOW satisfies students who prefer to use digital resources to study. Students have access to an integrated eBook, animations, interactive quizzes, videos, and other multimedia tools to help them get the most out of their course. CengageNOW can not only help improve student performance, but also provides information you can use. Students can master key concepts and prepare for exams with CengageNOW's Personalized Study--a diagnostic program plus study plan--preloaded with an integrated eBook and other text-specific material.

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MindTap® Astronomy, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card, Hybrid  (ISBN-10: 1305101898 | ISBN-13: 9781305101890)

MindTap for Astronomy is a highly personalized fully online learning platform of authoritative Cengage Learning content, assignments, and services offering you a tailored presentation of course curriculum created by your instructor. MindTap guides you through the course curriculum via an innovative Learning Path Navigator where you will complete reading assignments, annotate your readings, complete homework and engage with quizzes and assessments. MindTap includes a variety of web-apps known as "MindApps" – allowing functionality like having the text read aloud to you as well as MindApps that allow you to synchronize your notes with your personal EverNote account. MindApps are tightly woven into the MindTap platform and enhance your learning experience.

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Student Supplements

CengageNOW™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Hybrid  (ISBN-10: 1285858751 | ISBN-13: 9781285858753)

CengageNOW™ is an integrated, online learning system that gives you 24/7 access to Study Tools and assignments. Working at your own pace, or within a schedule set up by your instructor, you can now do homework, read textbooks, take quizzes and exams, and track your grades in an easy-to-use, personalized online environment that you manage to best suit your needs.

List Price = $84.00  | CengageBrain Price = $84.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $84.00

MindTap® Astronomy, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card, Hybrid  (ISBN-10: 1305101898 | ISBN-13: 9781305101890)

MindTap for Astronomy is a personalized, fully online digital learning platform of authoritative Cengage Learning content, assignments, and services that engages your students with interactivity while also offering you choice in the configuration of coursework and enhancement of the curriculum via complimentary web-apps known as MindApps. MindApps range from ReadSpeaker (which reads the text out-loud to students), to Kaltura (allowing you to insert inline video and audio into your curriculum) to ConnectYard (allowing you to create digital "yards" through social media –all without "friending" your students). MindTap is well beyond an eBook, a homework solution or digital supplement, a resource center website, a course delivery platform or a Learning Management System. It is the first in a new category—the Personal Learning Experience.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael A. Seeds

Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds' love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe. His research interests focus on variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman and Michele Montgomery of HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS AND GALAXIES, Eighth Edition, both published by Cengage. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition.

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.

Michele Montgomery

Since 2004, Michele M. Montgomery has been part of the physics faculty at one of the top three universities with the most undergraduate students, The University of Central Florida. She teaches introductory astronomy, astrophysics, astrobiology, galaxies and cosmology courses to large and small audiences, both face-to-face and online. At UCF, she created a Life in the Universe course that is taught each spring as a follow-up to the fall semester's astronomy course. Since 2006, she has been an adjunct professor at Valencia College, an urban college with more than 35,000 students, where she started the astronomy program at the east campus. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of AAS WOMEN, a weekly newsletter product of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). She is a co-author on 'WOMEN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM) - Getting Ahead via the Internet' in the book 'WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WEB: HOW THE WEB CREATES ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES' BY SCARECROSS PRESS 2013. With Mike Seeds and Dana Backman, she coauthors HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE 13e and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS, AND GALAXIES, 8e and contributed to HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE 13e AND UNIVERSE: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS, AND GALAXIES 7e - all published by Cengage. Dr. Montgomery earned her bachelor's degree in nuclear/mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, master's degree in physics from the University of Alabama, and Ph.D in physics from Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to her career in academia, she was a nuclear engineer for Bechtel Corporation working on projects at DOE's Savannah River Plant and TVA's Browns Ferry nuclear power plant.