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A Student's Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy

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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034945
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  • The study of astronomy offers an unlimited opportunity for us to gain a deeper understanding of our planet, the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and the known Universe. Using the plain-language approach that has proven highly popular in Fleisch's other Student's Guides, this book is ideal for non-science majors taking introductory astronomy courses. The authors address topics that students find most troublesome, on subjects ranging from stars and light to gravity and black holes. Dozens of fully worked examples and over 150 exercises and homework problems help readers get to grips with the concepts in each chapter. An accompanying website features a host of supporting materials, including interactive solutions for every exercise and problem in the text and a series of video podcasts in which the authors explain the important concepts of every section of the book.

    • Plain-language explanations and dozens of fully worked examples help students get to grips with the mathematical material covered in introductory astronomy courses
    • Interactive solutions for all problems and exercises are available online, providing a series of hints as well as the complete solution
    • Students can watch the authors' explanation of important concepts and mathematical techniques through online podcasts
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    "For the budding student of astronomy with a phobia of numbers and equations comes this book to the rescue … a great introduction to the maths of astronomy."
    Astronomy Now

    "A strong feature of the book is the excellent selection of instructive problems at the end of each chapter. Could be useful if you are desperately trying to think of some questions for your mid-term exams."
    The Observatory

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    18th Apr 2015 by Minus1

    Some popular scientific journals supply the questions, whereas you supply the answers. The mythology of the expanding universe in particular red-shift vs. recession speed was, unfortunately, completely neglected.

    15th Nov 2017 by Keith451

    This is an excellent book for beginning and intermediate students of astronomy as well as those who want to refresh their understanding of the basics. It discusses the essential points, and the relevant mathematics. The mathematical concepts are useful beyond astronomy as it discusses basic algebra, conversion of units and the cancellation of units in an equation: things that are not often seen these kinds of college texts. As such, it helps an individual develop critical thinking skills with mathematics as a tool and in the context astronomy..

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034945
    • length: 205 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus. 154 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Fundamentals
    2. Gravity
    3. Light
    4. Parallax, angular size, and angular resolution
    5. Stars
    6. Black holes and cosmology

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    Daniel Fleisch, Julia Kregenow

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    Daniel Fleisch, Wittenberg University, Ohio
    Daniel Fleisch is a Professor in the Department of Physics at Wittenberg University, where he specializes in electromagnetics and space physics. He is the author of A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations and A Student's Guide to Vectors and Tensors (Cambridge University Press, 2008 and 2011, respectively).

    Julia Kregenow, Pennsylvania State University
    Julia Kregenow is an Instructor of Astronomy at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she is involved in researching how to more effectively teach science to non-science majors.

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