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Essentials of Meteorology (with CengageNOW Printed Access Card) [Paperback]

Dr. C. Donald Ahrens

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Jan. 31 2007 0495115584 978-0495115588 5
This updated and enhanced Fifth Edition of ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY is written by the widely read and authoritative author in introductory meteorology-Donald Ahrens. Ahrens's ability to explain relatively complicated ideas in a student-friendly, manageable fashion will allow you to easily visualize the principles of meteorology. ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY is completely updated with over 250 new images and figures and the latest research and coverage. This new edition is accompanied by a self-paced tutorial system--CengageNOW for ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY. CengageNOW is Web-based, assessment-driven, completely flexible, and contains a wealth of book-specific interactivities. It offers a personalized study plan based on your assessment results, helping you focus on the concepts you don't yet understand.

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C. Donald Ahrens is Emeritus Professor at Modesto Junior College and the author of two best-selling textbooks for Cengage Learning. The Textbook and Academic Authors Association awarded Professor Ahrens its 2009 McGuffey Longevity Award in the physical science category for his market-leading text METEOROLOGY TODAY, 9e. Dr. Ahrens has influenced not only professionals in the field of atmospheric science, but has brought better understanding of the science to hundreds of thousands of non-atmospheric science majors who used his books to expand their knowledge of weather and climate. In 2007, the National Weather Association awarded Professor Ahrens a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book Sept. 21 2011
By DeathB4Diversity88 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are required to purchase this book for your class, definitely get the earlier edition. It is almost exactly the same as the new edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Metr Students, this is the book for you. March 31 2008
By Robin R. Cripps - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! Get all the information you need to get started in meteorology, but what works even better is having the teacher/instructor who has the passion and knowledge to guide you.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the physical science, but strange theories. Oct. 24 2009
By B. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this in an online class at present. The readability is high and the slightly larger font reminds me of elementary school textbooks. A lot easier on the eyes than most textbooks, for sure.

And while it explains things well enough, in the beginning chapters, there are a few theories of the origins of the Earth as we know it that leave me questioning whether the author really believed that was all there was to it. I'm not religious, so this has nothing to do with that. I just can't help but feel that the author left out some serious information that made the theories make any sort of sense.

Regardless, I'll leave that part up to you to decide. I still like the layout of this book a lot better than any others I've had since middle school. Too much text on a page is still too much, I don't care how much paper you're saving. The text size difference is very subtle but it makes a huge difference to me, and for that I'm grateful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook Dec 14 2008
By CatchTheWind - Published on Amazon.com
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I never thought I'd rave about a textbook, but I had to comment on this one!

Ahrens manages to present a scientific subject in an interesting and understandable manner. And what really makes this textbook special is the abundance of charts and illustrated explanations, plus photos, trivia, and weather stories interspersed liberally throughout the text. The illustrations and charts make the material easier to understand, and the photos, stories, and trivia helped keep me interested even when the science got tedious.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introductory book. Oct. 8 2009
By N. Thom - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very good book as a background for further study in meteorology. I got it for a class, and I actually enjoy doing my reading. That being said, it's not very qualitative. Fortunately, in my class we discussed the different mathematical formulas that drive a lot of the phenomena covered in this book, but the book itself didn't have any of them. If you're buying this book, it is probably for a class, and it's a great supplement for your lectures.

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