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 Discover! Astronomy Volume 1: Astronomy and the Universe

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Discover! Science Library Online

ScienceSchoolHouse’s new Discover! Science Library for grades 6-8 and 9-12, has the following features and components:

  1. Interactive multimedia tutorials: Each unit includes up to 200 screens with text and pictures/illustrations plus interactive exercises and lots of video clips. All core text is fully narrated (with an on/off option). Built to pedagogically correct standards with appendices for advanced research.
  2. Two text levels: Students can toggle between grades 9-12 and grades 6-8 text levels or stay at one of the two text levels throughout. All vocabulary checked for age appropriateness.
  3. One 30-minute, high-resolution, digital video on associated with each unit, with content indexing and one-click navigation.
  4. Quizzes for the students and Test Banks for teachers.
  5. Teacher’s Guides and state and national curriculum correlations on the CDs and our website.

System Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 10+, Safari 4+, Opera 9+

In this unit:

3D Virtual Laboratory

Quizzes and Test Banks

Manual

Interactive Exercises

  • 1_7 Red Shift
  • 2_4 Stellar Equilibrium
  • 2_5 Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
  • 2_7 Types of Galaxies
  • 3_4 See the Night Sky
  • 3_6 Telescopes
  • 3_6 Spectroscope
  • 3_7 Characteristics of All Waves
  • 3_8 EM Spectrum Properties
  • 3_9 Distance
  • 4_2 Atomic Theory
  • 4_3 The Farm
  • 4_6 Gravity and Mass
  • 4_10 Weight, Mass, Volume and Density

Movies and Animations

  • 1_1 Binary Black Holes
  • 1_2 Ways to Find a Planet
  • 1_3 Finding New Planets
  • 1_4 Detecting Infrared Radiation
  • 1_5 Stardust Mission to a Comet
  • 1_6 Mapping the Stars
  • 1_8 Images From Near the Big Bang
  • 2_1 Planet-forming Discs
  • 2_2 Birth, Life and Death of a Star
  • 2_3 Formation of Stars and Planets
  • 2_7 Galaxies
  • 3_1 Observations of Earth and Beyond
  • 3_2 Our Solar System
  • 3_3 Solar System Images
  • 3_4 Star Clusters
  • 3_5 Copernicus
  • 3_6 Infrared Light
  • 3_7 Supernova Explosion
  • 3_8 Support for Light Speed Constant Theory
  • 3_9 Space Interferometry Mission (S.I.M.)
  • 4_1 Photons
  • 4_2 Atoms
  • 4_3 Energy
  • 4_4 Thermonuclear Blast Consumes Neutron Star
  • 4_5 Conservation of Energy Laws and Black Holes
  • 4_6 Gravitational Waves

Interactive Multimedia Tutorial Tables of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Universe

  • 1.1 Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Reach for the Stars!
  • 1.2 What We Know and How We Know
  • 1.3 What is the Universe? Space!
  • 1.4 What is the Universe? Energy!
  • 1.5 What is the Universe? Matter!
  • 1.6 Space, Energy and Matter
  • 1.7 Introduction to Theories of the Universe
  • 1.8 The Big Bang

Chapter 2: Stars and Galaxies

  • 2.1 Early Life Stages of Stars
  • 2.2 Main Sequence Stars
  • 2.3 The Void of Space is not a Void
  • 2.4 First Fusion
  • 2.5 Life on the Main Sequence
  • 2.6 Red Giants and Beyond
  • 2.7 Galaxies

Lesson 3: How Do We Know?

  • 3.1 How Do We Know?— The Sky During the Day
  • 3.2 How Do We Know?— The Sky at Night
  • 3.3 Patiently Map the Skies
  • 3.4 The Celestial Sphere
  • 3.5 The Copernican Revolution
  • 3.6 Telescopes and Spectroscopes
  • 3.7 Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • 3.8 Light
  • 3.9 Distances and Trigonometry

Chapter  4: Fundamentals of Physical Science

  • 4.1 Matter and Energy
  • 4.2 Atomic Theory, Elements, Atoms and Molecules
  • 4.3 Energy
  • 4.4 Thermonuclear Fusion
  • 4.5 Conservation of Matter and Energy
  • 4.6 Gravity
  • 4.7 Orbital Motion (Kepler’s Laws)
  • 4.8 Motion and Position
  • 4.9 Forces and Motion (Newton’s laws)
  • 4.10 Weight, Mass, Volume, Density

Note: Appendices A, B and C are common to all Discover! CDs.

Appendix A: Scientific Method

  • A.1 The Need to Know
  • A.2 What Makes Science Different?
  • A.3 Induction
  • A.4 The Scientific Method
  • A.5 Hypothesis and Deduction
  • A.6 Experiments and Observation
  • A.7 Acceptance of Hypotheses
  • A.8 Theories and Laws
  • A.9 The Cycle of Scientific Inquiry
  • A.10 Scientists Build Models
  • A.11 Scientific Theories and Revolutions
  • A.12 Scientists Doing Science
  • A.13 Open Communication
  • A.14 Ethical Responsibilities
  • A.15 Role of Technology
  • A.16 Science and Society

Appendix B: Measurement Systems and SI Units

  • B.1 The Need for Common Units
  • B.2 Some Old Units of Measurement
  • B.3 Problems with Different Measurement Systems
  • B.4 The SI (Metric) System
  • B.5 Basic Units of SI
  • B.6 Derived Units
  • B.7 More Derived Units
  • B.8 Decimal Multipliers
  • B.9 SI Prefixes
  • B.10 Scientific Notation
  • B.11 Large and Small Numbers
  • B.12 Exact and Approximate Numbers
  • B.13 Precision Measurements
  • B.14 Significant Figures
  • B.15 Scientific Notation and Precision
  • B.16 Accuracy and Precision
  • B.17 Dangers of Many Digits
  • B.18 Working with Scientific Notation

Appendix C: Careers in Science

  • C.1 Careers in Science
  • C.2 Careers in Geology
  • C.3 Careers in Oceanography
  • C.4 Careers in Atmospheric Science
  • C.5 Careers in Astronomy
  • C.6 Geological Field Safety

Appendix D: Satellite Exploration

  • D.1 Exploring the Solar System
  • D.2 Exploring our Sun
  • D.3 Exploring Mercury
  • D.4 Exploring Venus
  • D.5 Exploring our Moon
  • D.6 Exploring Mars
  • D.7 Exploring Jupiter
  • D.8 Exploring Saturn
  • D.9 Exploring Neptune
  • D.10 Exploring Neptune and Pluto
  • D.11 Exploring Asteroids
  • D.12 Exploring Comets

Appendix E: History of Rocketry

  • E.1 Introduction
  • E.2 History of Rocketry

xMedia Movie

Astronomy – Changes in Human Outlook from Ptolemy to Einstein (30 min.)

Traces the progression of human thought about the nature of the universe, from the early Earth-centered view of the Greek philosopher Ptolemy to modern times. Follows the changes in human outlook from the heliocentric model of Copernicus and Newton’s laws of motion to the modern view of the universe afforded by Einstein’s theory of relativity and the Hubble telescope.

  • 00:00:09 Ptolemy
  • 00:01:16 The Greeks and Circular Orbits
  • 00:02:18 Planetary Motion and Speed
  • 00:02:55 Epicycles and Deferents
  • 00:05:18 Copernicus and Heliocentric Universe
  • 00:09:01 Newton and Laws of Motion
  • 00:12:18 Force = Mass x Acceleration
  • 00:12:44 Gravitation
  • 00:13:44 Einstein and Relativity
  • 00:15:57 E = Mc Squared
  • 00:16:52 Eddington and the Sun
  • 00:17:52 Space is Curved
  • 00:19:25 Hubble and Galaxies
  • 00:20:11 Expanding Universe
  • 00:22:34 Kant and Cosmogony
  • 00:24:30 End

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