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Thread: Recommendation for a high school astronomy textbook

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Recommendation for a high school astronomy textbook

    I've recently found out (on Aug 21, 2015) that I will be teaching a high school astronomy class.

    Any textbook recommendations?

    I'm looking for something reasonably inexpensive (it's a private school, but I've got to buy a copy, too ), current, with good coverage of astronomical history, no essential math beyond high school algebra.
    Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting.

    How do things fly? This explains it all.

    Actually they can't: "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." - Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

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    Sep 2007
    I used 21st Century Astronomy when I took Astronomy 101 at college-- I don't think it had any math I hadn't learned in High School (at the very least, it had no math I couldn't do, and I am rather bad at math...) New copies online look like they're pretty expensive, but it seems to be available for under 20 dollars used:

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