Before Class

Learn key concepts before class

New Interactive prelecture videos provide subject overviews for you to watch before class and help you prepare to participate in class discussions.

Interactive Prelecture Videos

Prepare for lecture using Pre-lecture Reading Questions and Quizzes

Get up to speed before you come to class with a variety of question types that reinforce important astronomy concepts, and help keep you on track. 

Prelecture Reading Questions and Quizzes

Visualize the universe with Narrated Figures and Visual Activities

Figures and Visual Activities Narrated Figures bring figures in the text to life through narration and animation, and enhance understanding by correcting misconceptions. Visual Activities help build skills in interpreting visuals, while hints and specific wrong-answer feedback guide you to a deeper understanding of their significance in astronomy.

Narrated Figures and Visual Activities

During Class

Make the most out of going to class with Learning Catalytics™

Learning Catalytics is an interactive classroom tool that lets you use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to participate in and stay engaged in lecture. Simply log in and respond to the open-ended questions your instructor posts during class. Your professor can use the results of these questions to help address misunderstandings, start small group discussions, or decide that you’re ready to move on to a new idea. You can also use Learning Catalytics to anonymously let your professor know that you didn’t understand something. 

After Class

Access online tools for learning night sky, data collection

Virtual Astronomy Labs are online laboratory activities that utilize Stellarium and interactive figures to conduct night sky, data collection, and inquiry based labs.

Provide online tools for data collection.

Gain conceptual understanding with Interactive Questions and Tutorials

Process of Science Tutorials, Self-Guided Tutorials, Ranking Tasks, and Sorting Tasks provide you with a deep understanding of the toughest topics in astronomy.

Provide students with conceptual understanding of tough topics

Learn tough topics through a wide variety of tutorials  

A wide variety of tutorials incorporate interactive questions and visuals. Process of Science Tutorials, Self-Guided Tutorials, Ranking Tasks, and Sorting Tasks provide you with a deep understanding of the toughest topics, and help solidify your understanding of key concepts in astronomy.

Wide Variety of Tutorials in Mastering Astronomy

Access your textbook anytime, anywhere

New Pearson eText optimized for mobile

  • The eText mobile app offers offline access and can be downloaded for most iOS and Android phones/tablets from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  • Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media
  • Accessible (screen-reader ready)
  • Configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode
  • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search

Additional Features

Prepare for success

Chapter Quizzes and Practice Tests help you find out whether you're prepared for exams.

Wrong-answer feedback personalized for you

Using data gathered from all of the students using the program, Mastering offers wrong-answer feedback that is specific to you. Rather than simply providing feedback of the “right/wrong/try again” variety, Mastering guides you towards the correct final answer without giving the answer away.

Hints offer clear guidance

Mastering provides hints of two types that help you work through, and ultimately, solve problems. Declarative hints provide advice on how to approach the problem, guiding you to the final answer. Socratic hints break a problem down into smaller sub-problems, which makes it easier for you to complete the original problem.

Dynamic, engaging content

Using 3D animations, simulations, tutorials, and activities, Mastering utilizes engaging, interactive media to help you learn the toughest topics and succeed in your course.