Neil F. Comins
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New CoverageNew findings include the discovery of the Higgs particle, discoveries of extrasolar planets, findings from the Mars rover, Curiosity, and new models of supernovae explosions. New chapter! Exoplanets (Chapter 5) captivates students with one of the most fascinating, emerging topics in astronomy. The new chapter follows Chapter 4, Formation of the Solar System—students learn how planets in our solar system evolved then explore the development of other planets.New usage of the altazimuth coordinate system helps students visualize their position in the cosmos (Chapter 1).Expanded coverage of the planetary satellites highlights our current understanding of the solar system. New Learning ToolsLaunchPadDeveloped with extensive feedback from instructors and students, W.H. Freeman’s new online learning space offers:
New Got It? questions help students gauge their understanding of big picture concepts related to the chapter topic. These questions often focus on common misunderstandings, helping students think their way through to dispelling misconceptions.
Focus Questions are now numbered and placed in the margins, making it easier for students to use them as guideposts for studying and easier for instructors to use them for assignments and assessments.
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