Presented by John Suchocki, our astronomy course uses select physics, chemistry, and astronomy chapters from the Conceptual Physical Science textbook and takes advantage of the numerous, in-depth, and up-to-date astronomy video lessons. This is our lightest course (0.5 cr). We recommend this course as a summer course.


Conceptual Astronomy, CPS Customized (Grades 9+) (Price: $75)

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1. Copy this Course ID: ConceptualAstronomySelfStudy
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Customized Version (13 – 18 weeks)

Textbook: Conceptual Physical Science, 5e (CPS5e) Sold separately

Review a .pdf of the front matter of this textbook, including its table of contents. Here is a link to several sample pages from a chapter section on galaxies: AstronomySample.

An introduction to the basic concepts of astronomy based upon chapters from our upper level Physical Science textbook. This course begins with an exploration of our solar system, followed by a study of the laws of motion and gravity as described by Newton. We then dig deeper into the atomic nucleus, which sets the stage for understanding the nature of stars, black holes, and galaxies. We conclude with the big picture of the universe with a focus on Big Bang theory, cosmic inflation, Einstein’s relativity, and more recent discoveries such as dark matter and energy. Along with video lessons and reading assignments, this course includes study advice from the authors, worksheets, simulations, automated quizzes, unit exams, and labs that can be completed with commonly available materials. Binoculars are highly recommended. This is our shortest course and can be completed within a single semester or a summer session. It serves well as a foundation for our high school level Conceptual Physics or Conceptual Chemistry courses. To learn more about Conceptual Astronomy, download its teacher’s manual:

Conceptual Astronomy, Teacher’s Manual

6 Units: 26 Modules

Unit A: The Solar System
Unit B: Newton’s Laws
Unit C: Gravity and Satellites
Unit D: The Atomic Nucleus
Unit E: Stars and Galaxies
Unit F: The Universe



Sample Astronomy Video: Speed of Light


“I’m the chemistry and astronomy author of our textbooks. So what do chemistry and astronomy have in common? EVERYTHING! Where do elements come from? Stars! Where does most all our energy comes from? Stars! Which two fields of science explore the extreme sizes? Answer: Chemistry and Astronomy, both essential to understanding our place in this universe.”