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My son, who will be in tenth grade in the fall, is interested in taking astronomy. He found the Great Courses: Understanding the Universe course. I think this is the Teaching Company? The video download is $679. Does this go on sale? What else would we need? Would we need a textbook? I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Barb

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All TC courses go on sale several times a year. A typical deal is 70% off. Never buy unless you get 70% off. A really good deal is 85% off or more. Best deals are available right after Christmas, but keep checking. I purchased this course on DVD for $115.

 

I would highly recommend adding a textbook. Any standard college astronomy text will do; I like Chaisson.

 

It is a very good course, but in order to really understand it, the student should have taken at least a high school level physics course before.

 

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That one would work, or Astronomy Today.

I would, however, not spend that much money for a current edition and rather buy an older one cheaply. Some new developments will not be included, but the older book will be fine for much of the material.

 

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All TC courses go on sale several times a year. A typical deal is 70% off. Never buy unless you get 70% off. A really good deal is 85% off or more. Best deals are available right after Christmas, but keep checking. I purchased this course on DVD for $115.

 

I would highly recommend adding a textbook. Any standard college astronomy text will do; I like Chaisson.

 

It is a very good course, but in order to really understand it, the student should have taken at least a high school level physics course before.

 

You are probably don't mean that a conceptual physics class is sufficient, right?

 

So many Great Courses! So little time.

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