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MindTap Astronomy for Horizons: Exploring the Universe 14th Edition

Michael A. Seeds, Dana Backman

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Overview

MindTap™ for Seeds/Backman's Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 14th Edition, is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today’s students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie cutter into cutting edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers. Horizons MindTap includes VAL 3.0 a set of 20 interactive experiences that combine analysis of real astronomical data with robust simulations to provide a true online laboratory experience for your introductory astronomy course. Each lab is presented in a modular format containing individual auto-graded segments giving you the control to personalize the labs to suit your needs. Stay connected and informed in your course through real-time student tracking that provides the opportunity to adjust the course as needed based on analytics of interactivity in the course.

Michael A. Seeds, Franklin and Marshall College

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.
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Guidepost – Introduction to each chapter indicating where we are in the journey through the cosmos initiated in the first chapter along with the learning objectives for the current chapter

eBook for Seeds Foundations of Astronomy 13e. The acclaimed MindTap Reader boasts a multimedia rich experience with tagged note-taking, highlighting and bookmarking for easy study guide creation.

Animation Tutorials – Interactive multimedia content assessment content created by Mike Seeds placed inline within the eBook.

Virtual Astronomy Labs – A complete introductory astronomy laboratory sequence in a fully online digital format combining real astronomical data and interactive simulations.

How do we know? – Help students understand how science works. For example, the How do we know boxes discuss the difference between a hypothesis and a theory, the use of statistical evidence, the construction of scientific models etc.

What are we? – Short summaries at the end of each chapter to help students see how they fit into the cosmos.

Putting It Together – Online homework incorporating dynamic variations of conceptual and numerical problems pulled from the core text to promotion qualitative and quantitative understanding.
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