Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Astronomy is the study of the universe, and this in-depth course provides a detailed study of the subject. As with all MTDA courses, students should expect to spend 4 to 7 hours a week. This course is separated into eight units. Each unit will include a detailed reading assignment, a video segment, a quiz, and a hands-on do-it-yourself laboratory experiment. The course is designed for students that have 9th/10th-grade reading level or better to navigate the text-based lessons.


Algebra I

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Required Materials:

Most materials are common household products or can be borrowed from teachers at the school you are attending such as metric rulers, tape, index cards, balance scales, and possibly even sand.  Some materials you may need to find at a local dollar store if you don’t have them at home such as a balloon for the expanding universe lab.  Each lab has a materials list which you will need to get together for each unit.  For a complete list of needed materials please click here.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first-come, first-serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Jaret Stump, Glacier High School,


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815