Discovering Astronomy Planetary Systems and Life in the Universe
Title: Discovering Astronomy: Planetary Systems and Life in the Universe
This textbook starts where most astronomy students are - here on Earth! It then asks students to think about how the universe looks from the surface of the Earth, with no telescopes, and guides them in a scientific process of deductive logic. The entire book is geared towards inquiry-based learning and spends a significant chunk of the book on pre-Copernican astronomy, moves into Galilean and Newtonian ideas and then into more modern conceptions. It allows students to not simply WATCH the process of scientific discovery, but to EXPERIENCE the process for themselves.
Planetary Systems and Life in the Universe: A subset of chapters for classes concentrating on our solar system, extrasolar planets, and life in the universe. Chapters included from the Complete Book are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 24.
A course designed to be comprehensive in its coverage of the field and the background information needed to understand astronomy. (Usually a one semester course)