Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe 5th edition

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Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan
Publisher: Pearson Education


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  • 1: The Copernican Revolution (24)
  • 2: Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos (23)
  • 3: Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy (27)
  • 4: The Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets (24)
  • 5: Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard (20)
  • 6: The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts (29)
  • 7: The Jovian Planets: Giants of the Solar System (25)
  • 8: Moons, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds Among Giants (22)
  • 9: The Sun: Our Parent Star (24)
  • 10: Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence (15)
  • 11: The Interstellar Medium: Star Formation in the Milky Way (25)
  • 12: Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars (15)
  • 13: Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter (14)
  • 14: The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design (29)
  • 15: Normal and Active Galaxies: Building blocks of the Universe (19)
  • 16: Hubble's Law and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos (7)
  • 17: Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe (15)
  • 18: Life in the Universe: Are We Alone? (14)

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Chapter 1: The Copernican Revolution
1.P 9 01 02 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
1.RD 11 01 03 04 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 15
1.ST 4 03 04 06 07
Chapter 2: Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos
2.P 9 01 02 03 04 05 06 08 09 10
2.RD 13 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
2.ST 1 06
Chapter 3: Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy
3.P 7 01 03 04 07 08 09 10
3.RD 14 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 14 15
3.ST 6 02 03 04 05 06 07
Chapter 4: The Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets
4.P 7 01 02 03 06 07 08 09
4.RD 13 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
4.ST 4 01 03 04 05
Chapter 5: Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard
5.P 5 01 02 06 08 10
5.RD 15 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Chapter 6: The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts
6.P 8 01 02 03 04 05 07 08 09
6.RD 14 01 02 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
6.ST 7 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
Chapter 7: The Jovian Planets: Giants of the Solar System
7.P 10 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
7.RD 15 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Chapter 8: Moons, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds Among Giants
8.P 7 02 05 06 07 08 09 10
8.RD 15 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Chapter 9: The Sun: Our Parent Star
9.P 9 01 02 03 04 05 07 08 09 10
9.RD 15 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Chapter 10: Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
10.P 7 02 03 04 06 08 09 10
10.RD 8 01 03 04 07 09 12 13 15
Chapter 11: The Interstellar Medium: Star Formation in the Milky Way
11.P 10 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11.RD 14 01 02 03 04 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
11.ST 1 07
Chapter 12: Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars
12.P 7 01 02 03 04 06 09 10
12.RD 8 03 05 06 07 09 10 13 15
Chapter 13: Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter
13.P 6 01 02 03 05 07 10
13.RD 8 03 04 05 06 07 10 12 13
Chapter 14: The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design
14.P 9 01 02 03 05 06 07 08 09 10
14.RD 15 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
14.ST 5 02 03 04 05 07
Chapter 15: Normal and Active Galaxies: Building blocks of the Universe
15.P 5 01 02 03 07 09
15.RD 9 03 04 05 09 10 11 12 14 15
15.ST 5 01 02 03 04 07
Chapter 16: Hubble's Law and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos
16.P 2 01 08
16.RD 4 02 03 10 14
16.ST 1 08
Chapter 17: Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
17.P 7 01 03 04 05 06 07 09
17.RD 8 02 04 05 06 08 10 12 14
Chapter 18: Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?
18.P 6 02 05 07 08 09 10
18.RD 8 03 04 06 07 10 12 14 15
Total 371