Higher Education

ASTRO2, 2nd Edition

  • includes CengageNOW™, 1 term Printed Access Card
  • Michael A. Seeds Franklin and Marshall College
  • Dana Backman
  • ISBN-10: 1133950132  |  ISBN-13: 9781133950134
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50
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About

Overview

Created through a “student-tested, faculty-approved” review process, ASTRO 2e is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today’s learners at a value-based price. ASTRO 2e employs the same engaging writing style that has become a hallmark of Mike Seeds and Dana Backman’s introductory astronomy texts. Updated to reflect current discoveries and research, ASTRO 2e combines the unique 4LTR design and pricing with a traditional table of contents, substantial end-of-chapter assessment, and a robust online homework system, CengageNOW.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out review cards, and an eBook--all of which were directly influenced by student focus groups, surveys, and interviews with faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course. ASTRO 2e chapters are reorganized according to the traditional solar-system first approach.
  • Tear-Out Review Cards (and Tear-Out Math Review cards) at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition make preparation simple. Detachable cards for each chapter offer a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • ASTRO 2e comes with CNOW, a robust integrated technology solution, which will include the qualitative multiple-choice end-of-chapter problems and algorithmic quantitative problems.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including PowerLecture with ExamView, PowerPoint in PowerLecture, JoinIn Clicker Questions, Instructor’s Solutions Manual in PowerLecture, Interactive Quizzing, and the CNOW technology solution.

Table of Contents

1. Here and Now.
2. User’s Guide to the Sky: Patterns and Cycles.
3. The Origin of Modern Astronomy.
4. Light and Telescopes.
5. Sun Light and Sun Atoms.
6. The Terrestrial Planets.
7. The Outer Solar System.
8. Origins of the Solar System and Extrasolar Planets.
9. The Family of Stars.
10. Structure and Formation of Stars.
11. The Deaths of Stars.
12. The Milky Way Galaxy.
13. Galaxies: Normal and Active.
14. Modern Cosmology.
15. Life on Other Worlds.

What's New

  • Content updates by the authors, based on new scientific discovery and research, keep the text current and accurate.
  • End-of-chapter material has been added to enable high-quality student assessment.
  • Traditional chapter organization to better accommodate most curricula.
  • Tear-out Math Review cards provide a handy, portable study tool for students.
  • A robust integrated CengageNOW technology package gives students 24/7 access to study tools and assignments so they can work at their own pace or within a schedule set up by the instructor.

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.

Print Option: Astro2 (with CengageNOW Printed Access Card), 2nd

ISBN-10: 1285582055  | ISBN-13: 9781285582054

List Price = $90.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • ASTRO2
    List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50
  • 4LTR Press Print Option Sticker
    List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.00


ePack: ASTRO 2 (with CengageNOW™, 1 term Printed Access Card), 2nd + Starry Night 7.0, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1337066346  | ISBN-13:  9781337066341

List Price = $104.95  | CengageBrain Price = $104.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $77.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • Starry Night 7.0, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access
    List Price = $10.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $10.00
  • ASTRO2
    List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50


Bundle: Text + CengageNOW™, 1 term Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1337073776 | ISBN-13:  9781337073776

List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • ASTRO2
    List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50
  • LMS Integrated Sticker
    List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.00


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

ASTRO, 2nd: PowerLecture DVD-ROM with ExamView Test Generator  (ISBN-10: 128507811X | ISBN-13: 9781285078113)

Bringing astronomy principles and concepts to life in your lectures has never been easier! The full-featured PowerLecture Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM provides everything you need for ASTRO. Key content includes art and images from the text, premade chapter-specific PowerPoint® lectures, ExamView® test generator software with preloaded test questions, animations, and the Instructor’s Resource Manual.

CengageNOW Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285190084 | ISBN-13: 9781285190082)

List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

CengageNOW Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285417232 | ISBN-13: 9781285417233)

List Price = $84.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.00

The SkyX Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1111988323 | ISBN-13: 9781111988326)

List Price = $79.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.00

Student Supplements

CengageNOW Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285190084 | ISBN-13: 9781285190082)

Succeed in your astronomy course with CengageNOW™, a powerful online homework tool that optimizes your learning experience. This interactive system generates a diagnostic Personalized Study Plan (with a chapter-specific Pre-test, Study Plan, and Post-test) to help you master concepts, prepare for exams, and get a better grade.

List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

CengageNOW Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285417232 | ISBN-13: 9781285417233)

List Price = $84.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.00

The SkyX Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1111988323 | ISBN-13: 9781111988326)

List Price = $79.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.00

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.

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.