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In Quest of the Universe, Seventh Edition

Author(s): Theo Koupelis, Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9781449687755
  • Product With Access Code    614 pages      © 2014
Price: $139.95 US List
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Every new copy of In Quest of the Universe, Seventh Edition includes access to the Companion Website and Starry Night College Edition.

BUNDLE In Quest of the Universe, 7th Edition with the new Astronomy Activity and Laboratory Manual, 2nd Edition for the complete & affordable, hands-on-learning astronomy course solution

Designed for the nonscience major, In Quest of the Universe, Seventh Edition provides a comprehensive, accessible introduction to astronomy, while taking students on an exciting trek through our solar system and beyond.  Updated throughout with the latest findings in this fast-paced field, the author unfolds historical and contemporary theories in astronomy to provide a clear account of how the science works. His student-friendly writing style and clear explanations acquaint students with our own solar system before moving on to the stars and distant galaxies.  New Comparative Planetology boxes and data table throughout the text examine the similarities and differences in the geology, evolution, and atmospheres of all the planets in our solar system.  This rich pedagogy further engages students and motivates them to think critically and develop basic reasoning skills in their studies.

New and Key Features of the Seventh Edition:

  • Update throughout with the latest discoveries in the field, with new and expanded content found in each chapter.
  • Added critical thinking and problem solving exercises are included at the end of each chapter.
  • New boxes and data tables throughout examine the similarities and differences in the geology, evolution, and atmospheres of all planets in our solar system.
  • To increase understanding and clarity, sample calculations have been added to mathematical sections
  • Instructor's materials include PowerPoint Lecture Slides, PowerPoint Image Bank, Test Bank, Instructor's Manual, animations, and more.
  • The companion Web site, Starlinks, is included with every new copy of the text and includes study quizzes, Exploration Web links, animated flashcards, an online glossary, chapter outlines, a calendar of upcoming astronomical events, a guide to the constellations, and a new math review/tutor. Starry Night College Edition is also included on the companion site and includes a wealth of engaging exercises and simulations.

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The ideal introductory astronomy text for the non-science major.

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  Terrestrial Planets
Chapter  9  The Jovian Planets
Chapter  10  Dwarf Planets and Solar System Debris
Chapter  11  The Sun
Chapter  12  Measuring the Properties of Stars
Chapter  13  Interstellar Matter and Star Formation
Chapter  14  The Lives and Deaths of Low-Mass Stars
Chapter  15  The Deaths of Massive Stars
Chapter  16  The Milky Way Galaxy
Chapter  17  A Diversity of Galaxies
Chapter  18  Cosmology: The Nature of the Universe
Chapter  19  The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Theo Koupelis-Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida

  • “This text is exceptionally well-organized; I would rate this as one of the strongest points of the textbook.”

    –Professor Todd Krueger, College of the Albemarle

  • “This text is excellent at discussing the key ideas of astronomy as models, with strengths and weaknesses. Rather than simply present each idea as a fact to memorize, the author is careful to present alternative models and disprove them. This way, students can start to think like scientists.”

    – Dr. Michael Crosser, Linfield College

  • “I and my students have liked previous editions. In 8+ years there has never been even a mildly negative comment about the book from any student.”

    – Dr. A. James Mallmann, Milwaukee School of Engineering

  • “In Quest of the Universe, Seventh Edition is thorough, but not overwhelming to a student that is not well-versed in science and math.”

    -Professor Todd Krueger, College of the Albemarle

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449687755

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Instructor Manual
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Test Bank

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