Stars and Galaxies, 7th Edition

  • Michael A. Seeds Franklin and Marshall College
  • Michael A. Seeds Franklin and Marshall College
  • ISBN-10: 0538733179
  • ISBN-13: 9780538733175
  • 480 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2007, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $141.00 
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Addressing the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, this revised seventh edition of STARS AND GALAXIES helps students use astronomy to understand science and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, STARS AND GALAXIES 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, author Michael Seeds provides not only facts but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science. Coverage includes observations of the shapes of stars; 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 (which contains the complete text of STARS AND GALAXIES) 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!


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  • 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 seventh 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.
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What's New

  • STARS AND GALAXIES, 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.
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Table of Contents

PART I: EXPLORING THE SKY.
1. Here and Now.
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 and Structure 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. Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes.
18. Modern Cosmology.
PART IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
19. Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds.
Afterword.
Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data.
Appendix B: Observing the Sky.
Glossary.
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems.
Index.

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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.

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.

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