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 John has recently completed.

Conceptual Astronomy, CPS Customized  (Price: $85)

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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.

An introduction to the basic concepts of astronomy, 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 dark energy. As an astronomy course, there are fewer hands-on activities as you will find in our other self-study courses. However, also included are numerous Practice Page worksheets that guide the student through the more difficult concepts. Binoculars are recommended.


6 Units: 26 Classes

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.”