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In Quest of the Solar System

Author(s): Theo Koupelis, Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9780763766290
  • Paperback    399 pages      © 2011
Price: $163.95 US List
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Author Theo Koupelis has set the mark for a student-friendly, accessible introductory astronomy text with In Quest of the Universe.  He has now developed a new text to accommodate those course that focus mainly on planets and the solar system.  Ideal for the one-term course, In Quest of the Solar System opens with material essential to the introductory course (gravity, light, telescopes, the sun) and then moves on to focus on key material related to our solar system.  Incorporating the rich pedagogy and vibrant art program that have made his earlier books a success, Koupelis' In Quest of the Solar System is the clear choice for students making their way through their first astronomy course.

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*Please note the WebAssign component for the full book, In Quest of the Universe, will be used with the split volumes, In Quest of the Stars and Galaxies and In Quest of the Solar System.


Features & Benefits

Starry Night Planetary software is included with every new copy of the text.

Incorporates a fresh, modern design and robust images and figures.

Includes the latest information about the solar system, including new facts on the surface of Mars, the atmosphere of Venus, the interior of Jupiter, and the composition of Charon.

Provides updates on the latest exploratory missions.

Includes an up-to-date list of planets and dwarf planets.

The Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM includes a PowerPoint Image Bank, PowerPoint Lecture Outline slides, Test Bank, an Instructor's Manual, and animations and movies.

The Companion Website, Starlinks, includes study quizzes, Explorations web links, animated flashcards, an online glossary, chapter outlines, a calendar of upcoming astrological events, and a guide to the constellations.

Applicable Courses

In Quest of the Solar System is appropriate for the 1-term introductory astronomy course for non-science majors.

Chapter  1  The Quest Ahead
Chapter  2  From an Earth-Centered to a Sun-Centered System
Chapter  3  Gravity and the Rise of Modern Astronomy
Chapter  4  Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Chapter  5  Telescopes: Windows to the Universe
Chapter  6  The Earth–Moon System
Chapter  7  A Planetary Overview
Chapter  8  The Terrestrial Planets
Chapter  9  The Jovian Planets
Chapter  10  Dwarf Planets and Solar System Debris
Chapter  11  The Sun
Chapter  19  The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Appendix  A  Units and Constants
Appendix  B  Solar Data
Appendix  C  Planetary Data
Appendix  D  Planetary Satellites
Appendix  E  The Brightest Stars
Appendix  F  The Nearest Stars
Appendix  G  The Constellations
Appendix  H  Answers to Selected Questions, Calculations, and Try One Yourself Exercises

Theo Koupelis-Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida

Additional Titles by this Author

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763766290

Answers to In-Text Questions
Instructor Manual
Test Bank

Astronomy Activity and Laboratory Manual

ISBN-13: 9780763760199

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 Activities and Laboratory Manual supplies what is missing from 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 specialized 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 is introduced on an as-needed basis for every activity and is accessible for most undergraduate students. This learn-by-doing approach is sure to engage and excite your introductory astronomy students! 

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