Investigating Astronomy
Second Edition   ©2014

Investigating Astronomy

Timothy F. Slater (University of Wyoming) , Roger Freedman (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4641-4085-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-4085-3; Format: Paper Text, 400 pages

New Content
• Chapter 1, Predicting the Motions of the Stars, Sun, and Moon, provides a more contemporary view of the nature of science as a human enterprise that is tied to social and technological issues
• Chapter 5, Uncovering Earth’s Systems presents the Earth from an astronomer’s perspective rather than a geologist’s perspective (less earth-centric)
• The latest findings in the field of astrobiology incorporated throughout, including coverage of:
  • 3000+ new planets
  • The presence of water on other planets
  • Mars Rover discoveries
New Art Program
The second edition offers new images and illustrations throughout, including over 100 new photos.
NEW! QR Codes
Students can scan the QR codes throughout the chapters with a smartphone or mobile device to bring up relevant media, including our the textbook’s own animations as well as exciting YouTube video clips from NASA and similar resources.
For Fall 2014 Classes! LaunchPad
LaunchPad offers Freeman’s acclaimed media for Investigating Astronomy, Second Edition curated and organized for easy assignability, in a breakthrough user interface in which power and simplicity go hand in hand. Used as is or customized, LaunchPad’s prebuilt units let you create a full course in minutes.
Assets integrated into LaunchPad for Investigating Astronomy, Second Edition include:
• A fully Interactive e-Book comes with powerful study tools for students, video and multimedia content, and easy customization for instructors. Students can search, highlight, and bookmark, making it easier to study and access key content.
• LearningCurve’s powerful adaptive quizzing, game-like format, e-Book links, instant feedback, and the promise of better grades make using LearningCurve a no-brainer.
• Astronomy Tutorials engage students in the process of scientific discovery as they make observations, draw conclusions, and apply their knowledge. These self-guided, concept driven tutorials combine multimedia resources, activities, and assessment questions.
•  Image Map activities use figures and photos from the text to assess key ideas helping students to develop their visual literacy skills. Students must click on the appropriate section(s) of the image and answer corresponding questions.
Additional Online Homework Options
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