Conceptual Chemistry, College Prep Self-Study Online Course
Designed to be used alongside the Conceptual Chemistry (5th Ed.) text, (sold separately), this online course features video instruction, automated quizzes, worksheets, exams, study advice, computer simulations, and more all designed to correlate with the textbook. Lightweight, simpler lab activities can be found within the textbook and can be done with minimal equipment. Conceptual Academy does recommend several more intense lab activities with the additional purchase of a lab kit. Please see the downloable User's Manual PDF (linked above) for more information, or visit the Conceptual Academy website.
College Preparatory Chemistry (#069868) is 31 lessons and is designed for high school students likely to pursue a degree in physical science. It covers most, but not all of the textbook; a Full Course (see #069867) is also available that has 35 lessons and covers the whole textbook.
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 challenging concepts, such as atomic orbitals and stoichiometry. To make for a solid foundation, fewer topics are given in each class to allow for more in-depth study, which should include more end-of-chapter exercises and problems. This course works well as a preparation for college general chemistry, but only when the student also has strong math skills. To learn more about this course, please review its users manual.
The Conceptual Science textbook series along with Conceptual Self-Study Online courses provide a wonderful option for science at the higher levels. These thorough texts are a super option for a secular science text. a La Carte editions of these texts are unbound, 3-hole punched (you provide a binder) versions of the full text that let you take out only what you need (rather than carrying the whole text), and the margins are wider for notetaking purposes.
Conceptual Academy is an online option that offers flexibility, rigor, and content-rich courses for a solid science curriculum. The authors of the Conceptual Science textbooks have created these video tutorials to complement their texts and are a great option for independent learners. These are self-study courses in which the author becomes the instructor. "FYI" pages within the course help with frequently asked questions. There are worksheets, chapter summaries, and unit exams with directions on how to take them using the collaborative "pyramid" format. Hands-on activities within the textbook can serve as the labs. The courses can be accessed from laptops and desktop computers, and 'mobile links' are posted with each video lesson that allow play on mobile devices. The textbook must be purchased separately.
The sequence of these texts and courses are as follows: Physical Science Explorations and Integrated Science Explorations at the junior high level, then Conceptual Physics, Conceptual Chemistry, then Conceptual Biology (still in development. If beginning this series at the high school level, then the student should begin with upper level Conceptual Physical Science before going on to physics, chemistry, and biology. Please note that the complete course requres purchase of the textbook AND the online course. Older edition textbooks can be used with some modification.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.