The Essential Cosmic Perspective 8th edition (PDF) provides college students and readers without science backgrounds with a streamlined, cutting-edge introduction to astronomy. Built on a strong tradition of effective pedagogy and coverage, the PDF textbook focuses on skill-building and includes group work exercises that require active participation. Dedicated to bringing an understanding of the universe, its scientific basis and its relevance to our lives, each chapter is written to specific learning goals that build an ideal learning path for students. Aiming to foster a lifelong learning experience, the authors focus on key concepts, promoting conceptual understanding, providing big-picture context, and preferring plain language to technical jargon.
A practical introduction to Astronomy with an emphasis on critical thinking about our place in the universe
The 8th Edition incorporates the latest scientific updates in the field of astronomy and includes new features that reinforce critical thinking and excite students’ curiosity. New features such as Extraordinary Claims engage students by presenting extraordinary claims about the universe and how they were either supported or debunked as scientists and researchers collected more evidence, reinforcing the process of science and how scientists think critically to evaluate them. My Cosmic Perspective 8th edition establishes a personal connection between all students of astronomy and the cosmos as they learn to think critically about the meaning of what they learn in their astronomy studies and beyond. Designed and written for a one-semester course, this ebook shares many of the strengths of its more comprehensive best-selling sibling, The Cosmic Perspective 8e.
Mastering™ Astronomy is the leading online tutorial, homework, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging astronomy students with vetted, interactive content. Instructors ensure readers arrive ready to learn by assigning new Interactive Pre-lecture videos that give astronomy students exposure to key concepts before class and open classroom time for active learning or deeper discussions of topics. With Learning Catalytics™ instructors can expand on key concepts and encourage student engagement during lecture through questions answered individually or in pairs and groups. Readers further master concepts through book-specific Mastering Astronomy assignments, which provide hints and answer-specific feedback that build problem-solving skills. Mastering Astronomy now features Virtual Astronomy Labs, providing assignable online lab activities that use Stellarium and Interactive Figures.