Universe: Stars and Galaxies
Fifth Edition   ©2013

Universe: Stars and Galaxies

Roger Freedman (University of California, Santa Barbara) , Robert Geller (University of California, Santa Barbara) , William J. Kaufmann (late of San Diego State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-04240-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-04240-0; Format: Paper Text, 688 pages

In-Chapter Pedagogy
Cautions—Confronting misconceptions
Throughout Universe, paragraphs marked by the Caution icon alert the reader to common conceptual pitfalls.
Analogies—Bringing astronomy down to Earth
Analogy paragraphs relate new ideas to more familiar experiences on Earth. For example, the bending of light through a telescope lens is similar to the path of a car driving from firm ground onto sand.
Tools of the Astronomer's Trade featuring S.T.A.R.—A problem-solving rubric
All the worked examples in Universe (found in boxes called Tools of the Astronomer’s Trade) follow a logical and consistent sequence of steps called S.T.A.R.: assess the Situation, select the Tools, find the Answer, and Review the answer and explore its significance.
The Heavens on the Earth
These boxes illustrate how the same principles astronomers use to explain celestial phenomena can also explain everyday behavior here on Earth, from the color of the sky to why diet soft drink cans float in water.
Wavelength tabs
To familiarize students with nonvisible forms of light, all of the images in Universe appear with wavelength tabs. The highlighted letter on each tab indiates whether the image was made with Radio waves, Infrared radiation, Visible light, Ultraviolet light, X rays, or Gamma rays.
End-of-Chapter Material
Key Words—a list appears at the end of each chapter, along with the number of the page where each term is introduced.
Key Ideas— students can get the most benefit from these brief chapter summaries by using them in conjunction with the notes they take while reading.
Questions—End-of-chapter questions can be used for homework, quizzes, exams, or jumping-off points for class discussion.