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 Discover! Astronomy Volume 2: Earth and the Inner Solar System

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Discover! Astronomy Volume 2: Earth and the Inner Solar System

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Discover! Science Library

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

  1. Interactive multimedia tutorials: Each CD 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. 3D Virtual Laboratory: Select samples, instruments, tools, planets and natural environments. Design and perform dynamic, discovery oriented experiments, then analyze and plot data to confirm or deny hypotheses. Each student learns by doing science and being a scientist.
  4. One 30-minute, high-resolution, digital video on each CD, with content indexing and one-click navigation.
  5. Quizzes for the students and Test Banks for teachers.
  6. Teacher’s Guides and state and national curriculum correlations on the CDs and our website.

System Requirements

Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista, Pentium II, 32 MB RAM, CD-ROM Drive, Multimedia Capabilities

Macintosh OS X (native); G4 or better; Multimedia Capabilities

On this CD:

3D Virtual Laboratory

Quizzes and Test Banks

Manual

Interactive Exercises

  • 1_1 Earth’s Tilt
  • 1_4 The Inner Planets
  • 1_4 Structure of the Atmosphere
  • 1_6 Earth’s Orbit and Climate
  • 1_7 Elliptical Orbit
  • 1_8 The Sun’s Intensity
  • 2_1 Earth’s Orbit
  • 2_4 Oxygen in Earth’s Atmosphere

Movies and Animations

  • 1_1 The Solar System & Our Earth
  • 1_2 After the Big Bang!
  • 1_3 Solar Wind
  • 1_4 Inner Planets
  • 1_5 Outer Planets
  • 1_10A The Sun
  • 1_10B Sun, Earth, Moon
  • 1_10C The Sun – Rotating Sunspots
  • 1_13 Solar Eclipse of 1999
  • 1_14 Sunspots
  • 2_1 Earth
  • 2_2A Aurorae
  • 2_2B The Weather
  • 2_3 Earth from Space
  • 2_3A Earth's Weather
  • 2_6 The Moon
  • 2_7 Modeling the Moon
  • 3_1 Mercury Transit
  • 3_3 The Formation of Mercury
  • 3_5 Venus
  • 3_7A Venus
  • 3_7B Venus Transit 2004
  • 3_8 Venus
  • 4_3 Mars Temperatures
  • 4_5A Mars Rotates
  • 4_7 Mars Moons
  • 4_10 Mars Rover Landing
  • 4_15 Mars Topography
  • 4_16 Mars on Earth!

Interactive Multimedia Tutorial Tables of Contents

Chapter 1: The Sun and the Solar System

  • 1.1 Solar System Introduction
  • 1.2 Composition of the Solar System
  • 1.3 Interplanetary Space
  • 1.4 The Terrestrial Planets
  • 1.5 The Jovian Planets
  • 1.6 Views of the Solar System
  • 1.7 Sun and Planet Summary
  • 1.8 Sun Introduction
  • 1.9 Sun Statistics
  • 1.10 Movies of the Sun
  • 1.11 Views of the Sun
  • 1.12 Images Illustrating Convection
  • 1.13 Eclipses
  • 1.14 Spotting Sunspots

Chapter 2: Earth as a Planet

  • 2.1 Earth
  • 2.2 A Different View
  • 2.3 Views of Earth
  • 2.4 Clouds From Space
  • 2.5 Educators’ Guide to Craters
  • 2.6 The Moon
  • 2.7 Galileo Spacecraft Movie of the Moon
  • 2.8 Views of the Moon
  • 2.9 Phases of the Moon

Chapter 3: Mercury and Venus

  • 3.1 Mercury
  • 3.2 Mercury Statistics
  • 3.3 Formation of Mercury
  • 3.4 Views of Mercury
  • 3.5 Venus
  • 3.6 Venus Statistics
  • 3.7 Animations of Venus
  • 3.8 Views of Venus
  • 3.9 Venusian Impact Craters
  • 3.10 General Characteristics
  • 3.11 Impact Crater Classification
  • 3.12 Distinguishing Impact
  • 3.13 Large Crater (Meade) Properties
  • 3.14 Halos, Outflow Deposits, and Splotche
  • 3.15 Crater Modification
  • 3.16 Venusian Volcanic Features
  • 3.17 Volcanic Plains
  • 3.18 Lava Flows
  • 3.19 Lava Channels
  • 3.20 Small Volcanoes
  • 3.21 Intermediate Volcanoes
  • 3.22 Domes
  • 3.23 Collapse Features
  • 3.24 Large Volcanoes
  • 3.25 Calderas
  • 3.26 Magellan Mission to Venus

Chapter 4: Mars

  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Atmosphere
  • 4.3 Temperature and Pressure
  • 4.4 Mars Statistics
  • 4.5 Animations of Mars
  • 4.6 Views of Mars
  • 4.7 Mars Moon Summary
  • 4.8 Martian Volcanoes
  • 4.9 Views of Martian Volcanoes
  • 4.10 Views of Martian Clouds
  • 4.11 Phobos
  • 4.12 Views of Phobos
  • 4.13 Deimos
  • 4.14 Mosaic of Deimos
  • 4.15 Mars Exploration
  • 4.16 Exploration Program
  • 4.17 Project Viking Fact Sheet

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

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

xMedia Movie

The Space Shuttle and the Hubble Telescope (27 min.)

Witness the shuttle launch and watch as the crew deploys a communications satellite and carries out experiments in the microgravity laboratory. Ride the Space Shuttle with the STS 26 crew and see images of the universe made by the Hubble Space Telescope.

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:00:48 Background to Discovery and Crew
  • 00:02:01 Launch
  • 00:04:41 Deploying NASA Communications Satellite
  • 00:07:11 Microgravity Laboratory Experiments
  • 00:08:46 Discovery Views/Salute to Challenger Crew
  • 00:11:21 Crew Has Fun in Zero Gravity
  • 00:14:41 Landing Area and Discovery Landing
  • 00:16:20 Touchdown
  • 00:17:33 Credits
  • 00:17:39 Space Shuttle Endeavour Services Hubble
  • 00:18:00 Crew Works on Hubble in Space
  • 00:18:34 Image Comes from Repaired Telescope
  • 00:18:43 Seven Planets in Solar System by Hubble
  • 00:19:26 The Weather on Mars
  • 00:20:08 Jupiter Catches a Comet!
  • 00:21:16 Saturn at Ring Plane Crossing
  • 00:22:16 The Life Cycle of Stars
  • 00:24:11 Galaxies and Beyond
  • 00:25:43 End

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