The Benefits of Conceptual Academy:

• Each of our self-study courses features hundreds of author-generated video lessons collated to a sequence of topics from one of the conceptual textbooks, such as Conceptual Chemistry and Conceptual Physics. Included are reading assignments, video lessons, unit exams, quizzes for each class, as well as worksheets, chapter summaries, and, most notably, detailed guidance from the author about the content being covered for each class. Click here for an example.

We have courses in chemistry, physics, astronomy, and physical science with more in the works. Each of these courses has sufficient material for a college semester, which may be spread over a longer duration to match that of two semesters of a high school curriculum. A college level course for only $60. This is a one-time fee for the entire course.

• Each of our courses is tightly integrated with the textbook, in great part because we are also the authors of those textbooks. However, we are not equipped to sell our textbooks to you directly. Thus, the textbook needs to be purchased separately from our publisher or an independent retailer, such as Amazon. Just the textbook, which also includes plentiful and meaningful hands-on activities in every chapter. All other instructional materials you may be looking for are found right here within your Conceptual Academy self-study course.

• Scroll downward to review our catalog of self-study courses. Click the following links to get the 73 second tour of this website or an in-depth tour of one of our self study courses.

                                                                        

 

We recommend that you review our free sample course, which is a slimmed down version of the Contextual Chemistry self-study course (described below). Enroll in this course to get a strong sense of the depth behind each of our self-study courses. Please note, our actual self study courses (described below) contain many more classes and chapter sections than are provided in this slimmed-down sampler. After signing up for this sampler, you'll be fully registered at Conceptual Academy. Click on the "Enroll In Another Course" link and you'll be brought to a list of all our self study courses (described below).

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 Self-Study Course Descriptions (Physics)

Conceptual Physics, Self Study (Price: $60)

Full Version (25 - 36 weeks)

Textbook: Conceptual Physics, 12e (CP12e) Sold separately

Presented by the highly acclaimed physics professor, Paul Hewitt, this self-study physics course walks the student through the material Paul would typically cover in his physics course for non-science majors at City College of San Francisco. For any one semester he would leave several chapters out. This syllabus includes all of his favorite topics and so would be a bit much for a single college semester, but just right for a two semester slower paced course of study. Highly recommended for students needing an introduction to the essential concepts of physics, whether it be to fulfill a science requirement or as preparation for further studies. Eight unit exams are provided along with study aids, such as worksheets. For each class, the author also provides his personal comments and guidance regarding the material based upon his many years of working with students. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Lab manual with many additional activities is also available: Conceptual Physics 12e Lab Manual by Dean Baird

8 Units; 41 Classes

Unit A: Mechanics Part 1
Unit B: Mechanics Part 2
Unit C: Matter
Unit D: Heat
Unit E: Sound
Unit F: Electromagnetism
Unit G: Light
Unit H: Modern Physics

Course ID: CP12eSelfStudy

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Self-Study Course Descriptions (Chemistry)

We have four flavors of chemistry courses, each using the Conceptual Chemistry textbook and each presented by its author, John Suchocki. Select the one that best suits your needs.

1. Conceptual Chemistry, Self Study (Price: $60)

Full Version (25 - 36 weeks)

Textbook: Conceptual Chemistry, 5e (CC5e) Sold separately

This course leads the student through the entire Conceptual Chemistry curriculum. Each class focuses on a series of related concepts. These classes build upon each other to create the unit, which has a particular theme, such as the stickiness of molecules. All the units, in turn, combine to give the student a solid foundation in the basic concepts of chemistry and the ability to view nature from the perspective of atoms and molecules. Recommended for motivated students seeking a broad understanding of the concepts of chemistry. Works well as a preparation for college general chemistry, but only when the student also has strong math skills. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Guided inquiry activity manual is also available: "Explorations in Conceptual Chemistry: A Student Activity Manual", by Jeff Paradis.

6 Units; 35 Classes

Unit A: Elements of Chemistry
Unit B: Atomic Particles
Unit C: Atoms and Molecules
Unit D: Chemical Reactions
Unit E: The Chemistry of Life
Unit F: Environmental Chemistry

Course ID: SelfStudyCCFull

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2. Life Science Chemistry, Self Study (Price: $60)

Customized Version (16 - 25 weeks)

Textbook: Conceptual Chemistry, 5e (CC5e) Sold separately

This self-study course is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in one of the life sciences or fields of allied health. With the understanding that biology is founded upon the principles of chemistry, this sequence focuses only on the concepts of chemistry essential to understanding any living system. To make for a solid foundation, fewer topics are given in each class to allow time for more in depth study, which should include more end-of-chapter exercises. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Guided inquiry activity manual is also available: "Explorations in Conceptual Chemistry: A Student Activity Manual", by Jeff Paradis.

7 Units: 30 Classes

Unit A: Elements of Chemistry
Unit B: Atomic Bonding
Unit C: Chemistry of Solutions
Unit D: Chemical Reactions
Unit E: Acids, Bases, and Redox
Unit F: Organic and Biochemistry
Unit G: Food and Drugs

Course ID: SelfStudyLifeScienceChemistry

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3. Contextual Chemistry, Self Study (Price: $60)

Customized Version (16 - 25 weeks)

Textbook: Conceptual Chemistry, 5e (CC5e) Sold separately

A “sideways” approach to Conceptual Chemistry in which the social and environmental applications of chemistry take center stage along side the development of chemistry concepts. Although there is a greater emphasis on the topics of chemistry, this curriculum still provides for a solid foundation by embracing Conceptual Chemistry’s carefully crafted spiral approach whereby key concepts are revisited throughout the textbook—each time in a different light and with greater depth. The author himself teaches his college courses using this approach. It’s challenging, but fun! Recommended for students who are not likely to pursue a career in science or technology. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Guided inquiry activity manual is also available: "Explorations in Conceptual Chemistry: A Student Activity Manual", by Jeff Paradis.

4 Units; 26 Classes

Unit A: Chemistry in the Environment
Unit B: Energy Resources
Unit C: The Chemistry of Water
Unit D: The Chemistry of Life

Course ID: SelfStudyContextualChemistry

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4. Preparatory Chemistry, Self Study (Price: $60)

Customized Version (16 - 25 weeks)

Textbook: Conceptual Chemistry, 5e (CC5e) Sold separately

This self-study course is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing further studies in any of the physical sciences at the college level and beyond. While this may also be accomplished by enrolling the full version of Conceptual Chemistry, this course omits many of the topics of chemistry, such as agriculture, so that the student has more time to focus on more challenging concepts, such as atomic orbitals and stoichiometry. To make for a solid foundation, fewer topics are given in each class to allow time for more in depth study, which should include more end-of-chapter exercises and problems. Works well as a preparation for college general chemistry, but only when the student also has strong math skills. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Guided inquiry activity manual is also available: "Explorations in Conceptual Chemistry: A Student Activity Manual", by Jeff Paradis.

7 Units; 31 Classes

Unit A: Particles of Matter
Unit B: Elements of Chemistry
Unit C: Atomic Bonding
Unit D: Chemistry of Solutions
Unit E: Chemical Reactions
Unit F: Acids, Bases, and Redox
Unit G: Organic and Biochemistry

Course ID: SelfStudyPrepChem

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Self-Study Course Descriptions (Astronomy)

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, Self Study  (Price: $50)

Customized Version (13 - 18 weeks)

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

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. The FYI pages of this course are complete through unit B, which means students can start the course now while the authors stay ahead of the student completing subsequent units in a timely manner. 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

Course ID: ConceptualAstronomySelfStudy

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Self-Study Course Descriptions (Physical Science)

We have three physical science courses. The first one listed below has a focus on physics, astronomy, and chemistry. The second one shown below is the full version of our Conceptual Physical Science textbook covering all chapter sections recommended for a full academic year of study. The third one shown below is based upon our high school "explorations" textbook geared for grades 7 - 9. This lower level physical science explorations course is offered as a steeply discounted "early release" because we have yet to tend to the FYI pages for this course. However, it already has much to offer, such as reading and video assignments, automated quizzes, and the gradebook.

1. Physical Science, Self-Study (Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry)   (Price: $60)

Customized Version (16 - 25 weeks)

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

This is a rich and inspiring introductory physical science course with a focus on the concepts of physics, astronomy, and chemistry. For physics, this includes Newton’s Laws, momentum, energy, gravity, and the mechanics of orbital motion followed by fluids, heat and electricity. Students will explore the nature of sound and light as well as atoms and the source atomic energy. This sets the stage for an exploration of the basic concepts of astronomy, which include a study of our solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole.  With an understanding of how the elements of the periodic table are synthesized within stars, and with a background in physics, the student is set to explore the basic concepts of chemistry including chemical bonding, mixtures, chemical reactions, and organic chemistry. The FYI pages of this course are complete through unit B, which means students can start the course now while the authors stay ahead of the student completing subsequent units in a timely manner. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. The lab manual with many additional activities is also available: "Conceptual Physical Science, 5e, Lab Manual", by Dean Baird.

6 Units; 26 Classes

Unit A: Mechanics
Unit B: Fluids and Energy
Unit C: Waves and Atoms
Unit D: Astronomy
Unit E: Elements of Chemistry
Unit F: Chemical Reactions

Course ID: PhysicalSciencePAC

 

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 2. Physical Science, Self-Study (Grades 10+) (Price: $60)

Full Version (25 - 36 weeks)

Textbook: Conceptual Physical Science, 5e (CPS5e)

This self-study course collates all 28 chapters of the Conceptual Physical Science textbook into 5 units and a total of 28 classes (one chapter per class). Recommended for grade levels 10 and higher. This is ample material for two semesters of study. Included are 293 video lessons, 28 chapter quizzes, 238 video quizzes, and 5 unit exams. Performance is tracked through a student grade book. The FYI pages of this course are complete through unit B, which means students can start the course now while the authors stay ahead of the student completing subsequent units in a timely manner. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Lab manual with many additional activities is also available: "Conceptual Physical Science, 5e, Lab Manual", by Dean Baird.

5 Units; 28 Classes

Unit A: Physics I
Unit B: Physics II
Unit C: Chemistry
Unit D: Earth Science
Unit E: Astronomy

Course ID: CPSFullSelfStudy

 

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3. Physical Science, Self-Study (Grades 7 - 9) (Price $60)

Full Version (25 - 36 weeks)

 Textbook: Conceptual Physical Science Explorations, 2e (CPSE2e)

This self-study course collates all 34 chapters of the Conceptual Physical Science Explorations textbook into 5 units and a total of 34 classes (one chapter per class). Recommended for grade levels 7 – 9. This is ample material for two semesters of study. Included are 277 video lessons, 30 chapter quizzes, and 206 video quizzes. Performance is tracked through a student grade book. Included are comments from the authors about the content of each class, worksheets, and unit exams. This course is still under construction, however, the early units have been completed, which means the authors should be able to stay ahead of students who are beginning this course later than September 7, 2015. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Lab manual with many additional activities is also available: "Conceptual Physical Science Explorations, 2e, Lab Manual", by Dean Baird.

5 Units; 33 Classes

Unit A: Mechanics
Unit B: Forms of Energy
Unit C: Chemistry
Unit D: Earth Science
Unit E: Astronomy

Course ID: CPSEFullSelfStudy

 

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Self-Study Course Descriptions (Integrated Science)

An "integrated science" course serves the purpose of a "general science" course covering both the physical and life sciences. These courses are "integrated" in that the fields of science are not compartmentalized. Biology, for example, is discussed in the physics chapters and elsewhere as is appropriate. Both of our integrated science courses are still under contruction. However, they already have much to offer, such as reading and video assignments, automated quizzes, and the gradebook. Furthermore, the textbooks are now published and available. Thus we are offering our integrated science self-study courses as "early release" at a discounted price.

Integrated Science, Self-Study (Grades 10+)   Early Release! Discounted to $20

Full Version (25 - 36 weeks)

 Textbook: Conceptual Integrated Science, 2e (CIS2e)

This self-study course collates all 29 chapters of the Conceptual Integrated Science textbook into 5 units and a total of 29 classes (one chapter per class). Recommended for grade levels 10 and higher. This is ample material for two semesters of study. Included are 257 video lessons, 29 chapter quizzes, and 237 video quizzes. Performance is tracked through a student grade book. The pricing of this “early release” version reflects that the FYI pages are still under construction, which means author comments, worksheets, and exams have yet to be included. Earth Science and biology video lessons are also still under construction. The full release should be available December 2016, but new content will be added to this early release as it becomes available. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Lab manual with many additional activities is also available: "Conceptual Integrated Science, 2e, Lab Manual", by Dean Baird.

5 Units; 29 Classes

Unit A: Physics
Unit B: Chemistry
Unit C: Biology
Unit D: Earth Science
Unit E: Astronomy

Course ID: CISFullSelfStudy

 

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Integrated Science, Self-Study (Grades 7 - 9)   Early Release! Discounted to $20

Full Version (25 - 36 weeks)

 Textbook: Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations, 1e (CISE1e)

This self-study course collates all 39 chapters of the Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations textbook into 5 units and a total of 39 classes (one chapter per class). Recommended for grade levels 7 – 9. This is ample material for two semesters of study. Included are 253 video lessons, 39 chapter quizzes, and 221 video quizzes. Performance is tracked through a student grade book. The pricing of this “early release” version reflects that the FYI pages are still under construction, which means author comments, worksheets, and exams have yet to be included. Earth Science and biology video lessons are also still under construction. The full release should be available December 2016, but new content will be added to this early release as it becomes available. Numerous hands-on activities are available right within the textbook. Lab manual with many additional activities is also available: "Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations, Lab Manual", by Dean Baird.

5 Units; 39 Classes

Unit A: Physics
Unit B: Chemistry
Unit C: Biology
Unit D: Earth Science
Unit E: Astronomy

Course ID: CISEFull

 

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