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Lecture- Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy, 3rd edition

  • Edward E. Prather
  • Tim P. Slater
  • Jeff P. Adams
  • Gina Brissenden

Published by Pearson (August 3rd 2012) - Copyright © 2013

3rd edition

Lecture- Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy

ISBN-13: 9780321820464

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Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy provides a collection of 44 collaborative learning, inquiry-based activities to be used with introductory astronomy courses. Based on education research, these activities are “classroom ready” and lead to deeper, more complete  understanding through a series of structured questions that prompt you to use reasoning and identify and correct their misconceptions. All content has been extensively field tested and six new tutorials have been added that respond to reviewer demand, numerous interviews, and nationally conducted workshops.

Table of contents

The Night Sky



            Seasonal Stars

            Solar vs. Sidereal Day


            Star Charts

Fundamentals of Astronomy

            Kepler’s Second Law

            Kepler’s Third Law

            Newton’s Laws and Gravity

            Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes of Stars

            The Parsec

            Parallax and Distance

            Spectroscopic Parallax

Nature of Light in Astronomy

            Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum of Light

            Telescopes and Earth’s Atmosphere

            Luminosity, Temperature, and Size

            Blackbody Radiation

            Types of Spectra

            Light and Atoms

            Analyzing Spectra

            Doppler Shift

Our Solar System

            The Cause of Moon Phases

            Predicting Moon Phases

            Path of the Sun


            Observing Retrograde Motion

            Earth’s Changing Surface

            Greenhouse Effect

            Temperature and Formation of Our Solar System

            Sun Size

Stars, Galaxies, and Beyond

            H-R Diagram

            Star Formation and Lifetimes

            Binary Stars

            Motion of Extrasolar Planets

            Stellar Evolution

            Milky Way Scales

            Galaxy Classification

            Dark Matter

            Looking at Distant Objects

            Making Sense of the Universe and Expansion

            Hubble's Law

            Expansion of the Universe

            Expansion, Lookback Times, and Distances

            The Big Bang

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