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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $95.00
  • September 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93631-5
  • 560 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Understanding Our Universe

Second Edition

Paperback

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Stacy Palen (Author, Weber State University), Laura Kay (Author, Barnard College), Bradford Smith (Author, University of Hawaii, emeritus), George Blumenthal (Author, University of California, Santa Cruz)

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Coursepacks

The free coursepack offers a variety of concept-based opportunities for self-assessment and review. It includes Astronomy in Action video quizzes, diagnostic quizzes, Summary Self-tests, Explorations worksheets, flash cards, Norton AstroTours, the Nebraska Simulations, and the Test Bank.

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Videogame: At Play in the Cosmos

At Play in the Cosmos is an award-winning, first-of-its-kind learning video game designed to introduce students to fundamental astronomical concepts and objects. The game is available for free with any Norton introductory astronomy text, and it is also available standalone. The downloadable Instructor Manual provides instructor support, suggestions for incorporating the game into your course, and discussion and multiple-choice questions to help students make the most of their play. The game app itself can be downloaded from the Digital Landing Page for the book.

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Art Slides

Art and photos from the book are available for classroom use.

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Current Events Update Slides

Lisa M. Will (Author, San Diego City College)

This update service—quarterly PowerPoint presentations on engaging new topics—lets instructors cover new developments in astronomy, only weeks after they occur.

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The Rosetta Mission
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The Dawn Mission
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25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope
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New Horizons at Pluto
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Particles and Cosmology: Recent Results
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Gravitational Waves: History and Discovery
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Exploration of Jupiter: Historical Overview and the Juno Mission
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Osiris-REx: A Sample Return Mission to an Asteroid
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Lecture PowerPoints

Visually dynamic PowerPoint lecture outlines include clicker questions, notes for each chapter, links to the revised AstroTours, and a quarterly update service that helps instructors bring new developments into the classroom.

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Test Bank

Ray O'Neal (Author,  Florida A&M University), Todd Vaccaro (Author,  St. Cloud State University), Lisa M. Will (Author,  San Diego City College)

The Test Bank features over 1300 questions, tagged with Bloom’s levels and organized according to the same Learning Objectives as the Instructor’s Manual. more

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Instructor's Manual

Ben Sugerman (Author,  Goucher College)

The Instructor’s Manual contains brief chapter overviews, instructor's notes for the Starry Night Workbook activities, and teaching suggestions for using the AstroTours, Nebraska Simulations, Exploration Activities, and Reading Astronomy News features in the classroom. The manual also contains learning objectives for each chapter and worked solutions for all end-of-chapter problems in the textbook. more

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Instructor's Resource Folder

W. W. Norton (Author)

This 2-disc set contains Astronomy in Action videos, lecture PowerPoint slides, labeled and unlabeled art slides, the Instructor’s Manual, author video, Norton AstroTours, Nebraska Simulations, the Test Bank, and the Instructor Resource Disc. more

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