Conceptual Astronomy Online Course
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.
Conceptual Astronomy from Conceptual Academy - High School Level Science
Full Version (13 - 18 weeks)
Recommended for Grades 9+
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.
Review of Conceptual Astronomy Front Matter Conceptual Chemistry College Prep Front Matter, including its table of contents. Here is a link to sample pages from a chapter section on galaxies: Conceptual Astronomy Sample.
Presented by John Suchocki, this 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.
What You Need
The complete course includes the online course, the textbook, and the supplies needed for the labs. All the labs within this manual are designed to be safely performed using only materials from your household or a local discount store. Thank you for being responsible in following common sense safety precautions and procedures.
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