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Tues 1:00p-2:30p ET / 10:00a - 11:30a PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

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Required and Optional Texts

Astronomy Textbooks and Materials

Required Texts

For the 2019-2020 academic year, we will be using Universe 11/E by Robert Geller, Roger A. Freedman, and William Kaufman III (W. H. Freeman and Co.). This is a college level introduction to astronomy intended for both science and non-science majors.

You may order all texts through Scholars Online Bookstore.

This text is also available in an eBook version from VitalSource, an eBook supplier. A 180-day rental is about $70.

Note that eBook downloads can be tricky and access to the internet may be required for refreshes should you lose your files for any reason. It is also often frustrating to have to page back and forth to look up data in the appendices when doing homework exercises. Also, you don't get permanent access to the text unless you pay a substantially higher price. However, if you anticipate traveling or situations where you must study away from home, eBook versions on your laptop or tablet are far more portable than heavy textbooks.

Planetarium Applications

You will also need a planetarium program for some of the exercises.

Starry Night Complete Space and Astronomy Pack version planetarium program. This program runs about $50 and is the one mentioned in the text.

SkySafari 5 is the most inexpensive planetarium program and will let you complete your for significantly other programs...if you are on a Mac ($29.99 at the App store). Do NOT confuse this with the basic version, which does not have enough features to complete our homework simulations if you chose to do them.

I loved the Voyager III Planetarium program, but it hasn't been updated since 2010.