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Exploring the Universe: A Laboratory Guide for Astronomy

By: 
Mike D. Reynolds, Michael E. Bakich
Copyright: 
©2015
Suggested Student Price: 
$59.95
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Pages: 
464
Product Code: 
2120
ISBN-13: 
9781617312120
Product Format: 
Loose-Leaf

Astronomy is a fun and challenging science for students. This manual is intended for one- and two-semester astronomy courses and uses hands-on, engaging activities to get students looking at the sky and developing a lifelong interest in astronomy. Order your review copy today!

 

About this Product

Features

  • Objectives set learning goals to prepare students for what they are expected to know after completing the lab and also aid in the review of material.

  • Looking Up elements provide students with information about important figures in astronomy and their contributions. Other fun facts are also provided to capture students’ interests.

  • Glossary terms listed in boxes in the margins of the text give students an easy reference.

  • Outdoor observational labs require that students look up at the sky with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. This book is intended to build interest and get students excited about astronomy. Students are encouraged to explore, observe, analyze, and record their findings.

  • Sketch areas are provided for students to draw their observations and label their findings.

  • Caution boxes are posted where applicable to make students aware of potential risks when performing certain activities.

  • An extensive, full-color art and photography program includes hundreds of labeled diagrams, star charts, and procedural images to ensure that students have accurate visual representations of what they will see in the lab.

  • Traditional labs require students to calculate, analyze, and master difficult concepts such as Kepler’s laws, geometrical optics, and spectroscopy.

  • Observational tables ask students to record their observations in a meaningful format.

  • Check Your Understanding exercises conclude each introductory section and ask thought-provoking questions in order to measure student progress throughout the chapter.

  • Note boxes help students understand the details of the procedures.

  • Star maps give students a visual representation of the night sky and what they should see when they conduct their observations.

  • Data Sheets are provided for students to record required information for each lab activity. These sheets are intended to be submitted upon completion of the lab activity.

About the Author

Mike D. Reynolds

Mike has a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in science education and astronomy and is currently an instructor at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

As one of the authors of this lab manual, Mike realizes there are many options available for astronomy student lab experiences. Many instructors choose to ask students to perform a variety of digital activities, such as examining spectra and getting to know the night sky through an online planetarium. These experiences are useful for students. However, the authors truly believe that there is no substitute for getting students outside to use binoculars, telescopes, and even the naked eye to see the real thing. Obviously, there are external factors that may prevent you from performing some of these activities: limited time, bad weather, light pollution, etc., so the authors have provided options for those instances. Students should come away from their lab experience with a variety of observational experiences as well as a broad knowledge of various astronomical topics.

The authors wish to instill a sense of wonder and awe in students about the vastness of the universe and the amazing objects that populate it. Wouldn’t you want your students to come away from their lab experience with a lifelong interest in astronomy?

Michael E. Bakich

Michael has an M.A. in planetarium education from Michigan State University and works for Astronomy Magazine.

As one of the authors of this lab manual, Michael realizes there are many options available for astronomy student lab experiences. Many instructors choose to ask students to perform a variety of digital activities, such as examining spectra and getting to know the night sky through an online planetarium. These experiences are useful for students. However, the authors truly believe that there is no substitute for getting students outside to use binoculars, telescopes, and even the naked eye to see the real thing. Obviously, there are external factors that may prevent you from performing some of these activities: limited time, bad weather, light pollution, etc., so the authors have provided options for those instances. Students should come away from their lab experience with a variety of observational experiences as well as a broad knowledge of various astronomical topics.

The authors wish to instill a sense of wonder and awe in students about the vastness of the universe and the amazing objects that populate it. Wouldn’t you want your students to come away from their lab experience with a lifelong interest in astronomy?

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1: Eyes

Chapter 2: Geometrical Optics

Chapter 3: Binoculars

Chapter 4: Telescopes

Chapter 5: Star Maps

Chapter 6: This Season's Sky

Chapter 7: Outdoor Sky Observations

Chapter 8: Sketching Techniques

Chapter 9: Magnitude System and Light Pollution

Chapter 10: The Moon

Chapter 11: The Sun

Chapter 12: Physical Features

Chapter 13: Kepler's Laws of Motion

Chapter 14: Observing the Planets

Chapter 15: Minor Bodies

Chapter 16: Meteorites

Chapter 17: Transits and Eclipses

Chapter 18: Stars

Chapter 19: Non-Stellar Objects

Chapter 20: Spectroscopy

Chapter 21: The H-R Diagram

Chapter 22: Radioactivity

Chapter 23: Hubble's Law

Appendix - Locations of Major Telescopes

Photo Credits

Index

Student Resources

Resources

Exploring the Universe: A Laboratory Guide for Astronomy Errata Sheet