Lecture- Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy

Series
Addison-Wesley
Author
Edward E. Prather / Tim P. Slater / Jeff P. Adams / Gina Brissenden  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
3
Language
English
Total pages
176
Pub.-date
August 2012
ISBN13
9780321820464
ISBN
0321820460
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Description

Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy provides a collection of 44 collaborative learning, inquiry-based activities to be used in introductory astronomy courses. Based on education research, these activities are “classroom ready” and lead to deeper, more complete student understanding through a series of structured questions that prompt students 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. An Instructor Resource Center page is available with complete notes and text art.

Features

  • Collaborative learning, inquiry-based activities engage students.
  • The tutorials are based on education research and are extensively classroom tested.
  • A structured series of questions is designed to prompt students to use reasoning rather than memorization.

New to this Edition

Six new Lecture-Tutorials address users' and reviewer’s most requested areas for addition:

  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Dark Matter
  • Making Sense of the Universe and Expansion
  • Hubble’s Law
  • Expansion, Lookback Times, and Distances
  • The Big Bang

Table of Contents

The Night Sky

   Position

   Motion

   Seasonal Stars

   Solar vs. Sidereal Day

   Ecliptic

   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

   Seasons

   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

Author

Edward Prather is the Executive Director of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) and Associate Professor of Astronomy in Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. Over the past fifteen years, Ed has been dedicated to improving Earth, Astronomy, and Space Science education through research, curriculum and assessment materials development, and instructor professional development on teaching and learning. He is also the recipient of the 2007 University of Arizona's Provost Education Prize, the 2009 University of Arizona's College of Sciences Innovations in Teaching award, and the 2011 American Association of Physics Teacher's Halliday and Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching.

 

Tim Slater is the University of Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair of Science Education. He holds appointments as Professor in both the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the College of Education. An award-winning professor with more than 100 publications, he has spent the last six years as the Education Officer of the American Astronomical Society and served on the Board of Directors for the National Science Teachers Association, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Society of College Science Teachers.

 

Jeff Adams earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Queen's University, in Kingston Ontario, Canada. After also becoming a certified high school mathematics and physics teacher, he joined the faculty at Montana State University, Bozeman, where he taught physics and astronomy, mentored graduate students, conducted research on student learning, and developed curricular materials for use in introductory physics and astronomy. In spring 2002, he received the College of Letters and Science award for outstanding teaching. Jeff is currently the Associate Provost for Academic Administration at Millersville University.

 

Gina Brissenden is the Associate Director of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) and a Science Education Research Specialist in Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona.  She is also the former Education Specialist for the American Astronomical Society. Gina's work focuses on improving Earth, Astronomy, and Space Science education through research, curriculum and assessment materials development, and instructor professional development on teaching and learning.


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