Higher Education

ASTRO, 1st Edition

  • includes Review Cards and Astronomy CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card
  • Dana Backman
  • Michael A. Seeds Franklin and Marshall College
  • ISBN-10: 0538738049  |  ISBN-13: 9780538738040
  • 352 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50
  • Newer Edition Available
  *Why an online review copy?
  • It's the greener, leaner way to review! An online copy cuts down on paper and on time. Reduce the wait (and the weight) of printed texts. Your online copy arrives instantly, and you can review it anytime from your computer or favorite mobile device.

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About

Overview

Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process, ASTRO is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners at a value-based price. ASTRO employs the same engaging writing style and logical conceptual presentation that has become a hallmark of Mike Seeds and Dana Backman’s introductory astronomy texts. Accompanying ASTRO is a full supplemental package, including an Instructor's Manual available online or on the PowerLecture CD. Also included on the PowerLecture CD are PowerPoint® presentations, and a Test Bank available in the easy-to-use and versatile ExamView® format. With these lecture planning aids, ASTRO is as accommodating to instructors as it is to students.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from 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.
  • Chapter In Review Cards at the back of the Student Editions 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 with detachable cards for each chapter, offering 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.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book. Interactive Quizzes, animations, videos, and interactive and printable flashcards.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including PowerPoint® Lecture Outlines, images from the text in JPG and PowerPoint® format, online homework through WebAssign, videos, animations, interactive flashcards, online glossary, additional essays only available online, and test bank.
  • This text features Mike Seeds's conversational and student-friendly writing style, which has made him the best-selling author in introductory astronomy. Students and professors find great clarity and accessibility in his presentation of astronomy. Students are able to acquire an understanding of the universe instead of memorizing a set of facts that would quickly be forgotten.

Table of Contents

1. The Scale of the Cosmos: From Solar System to Galaxy to Universe.
2. User's Guide to the Sky: Patterns and Cycles.
3. Circles Around Earth Become Orbits around the Sun.
4. Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments: Extending Humanity's Vision.
5. Sun Light and Sun Atoms.
6. The Family of Stars.
7. The Structure and Formation of Stars.
8. The Deaths of Stars.
9. The Milky Way Galaxy.
10. Galaxies.
11. Cosmology in the 21st Century.
12. The Origin of the Solar System.
13. Comparative Planetology of the Terrestrial Planets.
14. Comparative Planetology of the Outer Planets.
15. Life on Other Worlds.

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 + The Night Sky Planisphere - Latitude 20 to 30

ISBN-10: 1111288003  | ISBN-13: 9781111288006

List Price = $78.95  | CengageBrain Price = $78.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.51

This Bundle Includes:

  • ASTRO
    List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50
  • The Night Sky Planisphere - Latitude 20 to 30
    List Price = $19.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $15.00


Bundle: Text + Enhanced WebAssign Homework Printed Access Card for One Term Math and Science

ISBN-10:  1111233667  | ISBN-13:  9781111233662

List Price = $85.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • ASTRO
    List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50
  • Enhanced WebAssign Homework Only LOE Printed Access Card for One-Term Math and Science
    List Price = $94.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $70.50


Bundle: Text + 4LTR Press Print Option Sticker

ISBN-10:  111162383X  | ISBN-13:  9781111623838

List Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • ASTRO
    List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50
  • 4LTR Press Print Option Sticker
    List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.00


Bundle: Text + Enhanced WebAssign with eBook LOE Printed Access Card for One-Term Math and Science

ISBN-10:  1133423086 | ISBN-13:  9781133423089

List Price = $85.95  | CengageBrain Price = $85.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • ASTRO
    List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50
  • Enhanced WebAssign Printed Access Card for Astronomy, Single-Term Courses
    List Price = $94.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $70.50


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

Astromony CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0538495928 | ISBN-13: 9780538495929)

List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0538741279 | ISBN-13: 9780538741279)

Instructor's Resource Manual is available on the Instructor Companion Website.

WebTutor™ on Blackboard®, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0840048297 | ISBN-13: 9780840048295)

List Price = $32.50  | CengageBrain Price = $32.50  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.50

WebTutor™ on WebCT™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0840048319 | ISBN-13: 9780840048318)

List Price = $32.50  | CengageBrain Price = $32.50  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.50

Student Supplements

Astromony CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0538495928 | ISBN-13: 9780538495929)

Cengage Learning's Astronomy CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with ASTRO, 1st Edition.

List Price = $77.95  | CengageBrain Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50

WebTutor™ on Blackboard®, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0840048297 | ISBN-13: 9780840048295)

Succeed in your astronomy course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $32.50  | CengageBrain Price = $32.50  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.50

WebTutor™ on WebCT™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0840048319 | ISBN-13: 9780840048318)

Succeed in your astronomy course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $32.50  | CengageBrain Price = $32.50  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.50

Enhanced WebAssign Instant Access for Astronomy, Single-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 1285858425 | ISBN-13: 9781285858425)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this printed access card for Astronomy, ensure that you are using it in an Astronomy course. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign combines exceptional mathematics content with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and an interactive, fully customizable eBook, Cengage YouBook helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. This access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If you need to retake the course and your instructor is using the same book AND edition then you will not need to buy a new code. If you are not certain this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

List Price = $94.00  | CengageBrain Price = $94.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $94.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.

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.