By Bradford Smith, George Blumenthal, Laura Kay
Teaches scholars to imagine like scientists.
Authors Laura Kay and Stacy Palen have constructed pedagogy that is helping scholars comprehend the method of technological know-how, and the way actual rules are used to find the origins of the universe. The authors emphasize how we all know what we all know within the figures, textual content, and end-of-chapter material.
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Why do we consider all of them to be part of a single discipline called mathematics? The common thread is that they all deal with patterns. If patterns are the heart of science and mathematics is the language of patterns, it should come as no surprise that mathematics is the language of science. Trying to study science while avoiding mathematics is the practical equivalent of trying to study Shakespeare while avoiding the written or spoken word. It quite simply cannot be done, or at least cannot be done meaningfully.
The ﬁrst thing we encounter is the Moon, 384,000 km away, or a bit over 1 1/4 second when we’re moving at the speed of light. If the size of Earth is a snap of your ﬁngers, the distance to the Moon is about the time it takes to turn a page in this book. Continuing further, we ﬁnd that at this speed the Sun is 81/3 minutes away, or the duration of a hurried lunch at the student union. 3 hours. Think about that for a minute. Comparing the size of Neptune’s orbit to the circumference of Earth is like comparing the time of a good night’s sleep to a single snap of your ﬁngers.
Interactive, image-based questions based on both book art and NASA images help instructors to assess students’ conceptual understanding. com/studyspace W. W. #)(-ŻǇ1"#"Ǉ()1Ǉ#(&/Ǉ/#)źǇ"-Ǉ(#'tions, some of which are interactive, use art from the text to help students visualize important physical and astronomical concepts. -ŽǇ),Ǉ-ŻǇ ),Ǉ Nebraska Astronomy Applet Programs), organized to match the goals of the text. Nebraska Simulations enable students to manipulate variables and see how physical systems work.