Astronomy - 1st Edition - by Andrew Fraknoi; David Morrison; Sidney C. Wolff - ISBN 9781938168284
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Astronomy
1st Edition
Andrew Fraknoi; David Morrison; Sidney C. Wolff
Publisher: OpenStax
ISBN: 9781938168284

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Senior Contributing Authors: Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College; David Morrison, NASA Ames Research Center; Sidney C. Wolff, National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Astronomy is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of one- or two-semester introductory astronomy courses. The book begins with relevant scientific fundamentals and progresses through an exploration of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. The Astronomy textbook builds student understanding through the use of relevant analogies, clear and non-technical explanations, and rich illustrations. Mathematics is included in a flexible manner to meet the needs of individual instructors.

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What are the main challenges involved in sending probes to the giant planets?What are the moons of the outer planets made of, and how is their composition different from that of...Why are asteroids and comets important to our understanding of solar system history?A friend of yours who has not taken astronomy sees a meteor shower (she calls it a bunch of shooting...Describe the main differences between the composition of Earth and that of the Sun.How do we know the age of the Sun?What two factors determine how bright a star appears to be in the sky?How does the mass of the Sun compare with that of other stars in our local neighborhood?Explain how parallax measurements can be used to determine distances to stars. Why can we not make...Identify several dark nebulae in photographs in this chapter. Give the figure numbers of the...Give several reasons the Orion molecular cloud is such a useful “laboratory” for studying the stages...Compare the following stages in the lives of a human being and a star: prenatal, birth, adolescence/...How does a white dwarf differ from a neutron star? How does each form? What keeps each from...How does the equivalence principle lead us to suspect that spacetime might be curved?Explain why we see the Milky Way as a faint band of light stretching across the sky.Describe the main distinguishing features of spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies.Describe some differences between quasars and normal galaxies.How are distant (young) galaxies different from the galaxies that we see in the universe today?What are the basic observations about the universe that any theory of cosmology must explain?What is the Copernican principle? Make a list of scientific discoveries that confirm it.

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