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Astronomy Activity and Laboratory ManualAuthor: Alan W. Hirshfeld
Welcome to the Universe!
BUNDLE In Quest of the Universe, 7th Edition with the new Astronomy Activity and Laboratory Manual, 2nd Edition for the complete & affordable, hands-on-learning astronomy course solution.
Take your students on an exciting journey through the universe with Dr. Hirshfeld’s Astronomy Activity and Laboratory Manual! Through a series of twenty in-class, modestly mathematical, paper-and-pencil activities, students review the epic advancement of astronomical thought, from the rudimentary observations of prehistoric skywatchers to the development of modern astrophysics in the 20th century. In following the groundbreaking work of some of history’s most famous astronomers, students better appreciate the fruits of modern research. Astronomy Activity and Laboratory Manual, Second Edition supplies what is missing from the standard introductory college astronomy course; the essential story line that tells how astronomers came to know as much as they do about the universe.
The activities require no specialised instructor training, equipment or individual materials beyond a pencil, straightedge, and standard calculator. They are designed for use in a classroom of any size and are an easy way to introduce active-learning into the teaching of astronomy. The activities are also ideal for individual homework assignments or team study. The necessary mathematical background — basic elements of high-school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry — is introduced on an as-needed basis for each activity and is summarised in the Appendix. This learn-by-doing approach will engage and excite your introductory astronomy students!
Features & Benefits
Provides a cost-effective way to introduce active learning into the astronomy classroom
Engages students with a compelling narrative overlay to the fact-based approach commonly used in introductory astronomy courses
No specialised tools required. All activities can be completed with a pencil, straightedge, and calculator.
Suitable for any class size, from a large lecture hall to small seminar. The activities are equally suited to individual or team study.
Each activity is self-contained, allowing instructors to customise the selection of activities for their particular course
An Answer Key to the in-text activities is provided to instructors
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Lab 1 The World’s First Skywatcher – YOU!
Lab 2 Shadowland
Lab 3 Shadowland – the Sequel
Lab 4 Shadowland Follow-up
Lab 5 The Phases of the Moon
Lab 6 Eratosthenes Measures the Earth
Lab 7 Aristarchus Measures the Size and Distance of the Moon
Lab 8 Aristarchus Measures the Size and Distance of the Sun
Lab 9 The Copernican Cosmos
Lab 10 Kepler’s Third Law
Lab 11 Isaac Newton and the Moon
Lab 12 Galileo Measures a Mountain – on the Moon!
Lab 13 Precision Astronomy After Galileo – Stellar Aberration
Lab 14 Precision Astronomy After Galileo – Stellar Parallax
Lab 15 Picturing the Universe – How Photography Revolutionized Astronomy
Lab 16 How Bright is That Star? A Tutorial on the Magnitude System
Lab 17 The Realm of the Spiral Nebulae
Lab 18 Hubble’s Law – in the Kitchen and in the Universe
Lab 19 The Existence of Dark Matter in the Universe
Lab 20 Essay Assignment: Reflecting on the Lessons of this Manual
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