Virtual Astronomy Labs 3rd edition

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Cengage Learning
Publisher: Cengage Learning

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  • Chapter 1: Measurement and Unit Conversion
    • 1.1: Measurement and Unit Conversion (3)

  • Chapter 2: Properties of Light and Its Interaction with Matter
    • 2.1: Properties of Light and Its Interaction with Matter (4)

  • Chapter 3: The Doppler Effect
    • 3.1: The Doppler Effect (2)

  • Chapter 4: Solar Wind and Cosmic Rays
    • 4.1: Solar Wind and Cosmic Rays (3)

  • Chapter 5: Planetary Geology
    • 5.1: Planetary Geology (3)

  • Chapter 6: Tides and Tidal Force
    • 6.1: Tides and Tidal Force (2)

  • Chapter 7: Planetary Atmospheres and Their Retention
    • 7.1: Planetary Atmospheres and Their Retention (2)

  • Chapter 8: Extrasolar Planets
    • 8.1: Extrasolar Planets (3)

  • Chapter 9: Asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects
    • 9.1: Asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects (3)

  • Chapter 10: Helioseismology
    • 10.1: Helioseismology (2)

  • Chapter 11: The Spectral Sequence and the HR Diagram
    • 11.1: The Spectral Sequence and the HR Diagram (2)

  • Chapter 12: Binary Stars
    • 12.1: Binary Stars (3)

  • Chapter 13: Stellar Explosions, Novae, and Supernovae
    • 13.1: Stellar Explosions, Novae, and Supernovae (3)

  • Chapter 14: Neutron Stars and Pulsars
    • 14.1: Neutron Stars and Pulsars (3)

  • Chapter 15: General Relativity and Black Holes
    • 15.1: General Relativity and Black Holes (3)

  • Chapter 16: Astronomical Distance Scales
    • 16.1: Astronomical Distance Scales (3)

  • Chapter 17: Evidence for Dark Matter
    • 17.1: Evidence for Dark Matter (2)

  • Chapter 18: Active Galactic Nuclei
    • 18.1: Active Galactic Nuclei (3)

  • Chapter 19: The Hubble Law
    • 19.1: The Hubble Law (1)

  • Chapter 20: The Fate of the Universe
    • 20.1: The Fate of the Universe

  • Chapter 21: Stellarium Labs
    • 21.STEL: Stellarium Labs

Virtual Astronomy Labs, 3rd edition, by Cengage, is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence.

This is a set of interactive experiences that combine analysis of real astronomical data with robust simulations to provide a true online laboratory experience for your introductory astronomy course. Each lab is presented in a modular format containing individual auto-graded segments, giving you the control to assign it as a standalone activity or as part of a larger learning experience.

Concise tutorials summarize the relevant content in sections that can be opened and closed for quick access during follow-up activity or assessment. Targeted feedback guides students in revising any incorrect answers. Many items provide scaffolding to build skills and confidence in the use of simple algebra, geometry, and proportional reasoning to solve astronomy problems.

Fall 2021 Digital Content Update: Continued Improvements

  • 11 New Virtual Astronomy Labs (VAL): Virtual Astronomy Labs can be assigned as a standalone activity or as part of a larger learning experience. VAL incorporates real astronomical data, simulations, and other interactive elements, offering students the opportunity to experience astronomy as a scientist. Targeted feedback guides students in revising any incorrect answers.
  • 22 Virtual Astronomy Labs (VAL) have been updated for question maintenance (ongoing question revisions for consistency, accuracy and accessibility such as including alt text for images and graphs.)
Get a full list of new questions with instructions for how to upgrade them available under Instructor Resources in WebAssign.

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Group Quantity Questions
Chapter 1: Measurement and Unit Conversion
1.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 2: Properties of Light and Its Interaction with Matter
2.1 4 001 002 003 004
Chapter 3: The Doppler Effect
3.1 2 001 002
Chapter 4: Solar Wind and Cosmic Rays
4.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 5: Planetary Geology
5.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 6: Tides and Tidal Force
6.1 2 001 002
Chapter 7: Planetary Atmospheres and Their Retention
7.1 2 001 002
Chapter 8: Extrasolar Planets
8.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 9: Asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects
9.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 10: Helioseismology
10.1 2 001 002
Chapter 11: The Spectral Sequence and the HR Diagram
11.1 2 001 002
Chapter 12: Binary Stars
12.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 13: Stellar Explosions, Novae, and Supernovae
13.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 14: Neutron Stars and Pulsars
14.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 15: General Relativity and Black Holes
15.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 16: Astronomical Distance Scales
16.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 17: Evidence for Dark Matter
17.1 2 001 002
Chapter 18: Active Galactic Nuclei
18.1 3 001 002 003
Chapter 19: The Hubble Law
19.1 1 001
Chapter 20: The Fate of the Universe
20 0  
Chapter 21: Stellarium Labs
21.STEL 10 001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010
Total 60