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By Daniel Fleisch, Julia Kregenow

The learn of astronomy bargains an enormous chance for us to achieve a deeper realizing of our planet, the sunlight method, the Milky approach Galaxy and the identified Universe. utilizing the plain-language strategy that has confirmed hugely well known in Fleisch's different Student's courses, this publication is perfect for non-science majors taking introductory astronomy classes. The authors tackle themes that scholars locate so much tricky, on matters starting from stars and light-weight to gravity and black holes. Dozens of totally labored examples and over one hundred fifty workouts and homework difficulties support readers become familiar with the recommendations in each one bankruptcy. An accompanying site contains a host of assisting fabrics, together with interactive recommendations for each workout and challenge within the textual content and a sequence of video podcasts during which the authors clarify the real techniques of each component of the e-book.

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0 is implicit. That is, 106 = 1 × 106 . To enter this in your calculator, type 1 EXP 6. Many students go astray and type 10 EXP 6, which is incorrect because it represents 10 × 106 , or 107 . 5 Chapter problems 39 If you’re thinking “I’ve always entered numbers by pressing the × button and then pressing 10 and ^, and I’ve been getting the right answers,” you should understand that this approach may give a correct or an incorrect answer depending on exactly which buttons you press before and after entering a number this way.

12 × 105 and moving the decimal point five places to the right while dropping the “×105 ” yields 412,000. 19. 0000000048. 20. 2 × 100 . 3 Numbers as words If you were to read in an astronomy book that there are three hundred billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, how can you make sense of that number? Certainly, if you need to do any calculations with numbers given in this format, you must be able to translate between words, decimal notation, and scientific 34 Fundamentals notation. Here’s a table of some of the words describing large numbers that come up in astronomy: Words Decimal notation Scientific notation Thousand Million Billion Trillion Quadrillion 1,000 1,000,000 1,000,000,000 1,000,000,000,000 1,000,000,000,000,000 103 106 109 1012 1015 Example: Write three hundred billion in scientific and decimal notation.

Whenever you’re asked to compare quantities (often through questions such as “How many times bigger . ” or “How much stronger . ”), you should consider using the ratio method. But even when you’re trying to find an absolute quantity such as the force of gravity on a certain planet, as long as you have a reference value (such as the force of gravity on Earth), you may still be able to save a lot of time and effort – and minimize what you have to plug into your calculator, thus reducing chances for errors – by using ratios where possible.

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