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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Jun 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Such a fun course and you can learn a lot. The lab for the class only lasts like 30 mins so thats a bonus and it's fun learning about the stars and planets.

    Course highlights:

    looking at the stars through the telescope

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you don't go to class you can still pass as long as you study

    • Spring 2016
    • bellitiere
    • Great Intro to the Subject
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    Dec 29, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would personally recommend this course to any that have an interest in astronomy. Although it might be a short period for a very broad subject of the universe and a plentifully packed course of material, it was definitely a course that peaked my interest and made studying seem (for the first time ever) enjoyable! Professor Criminger or as he went by -Dan the Man, was a very interactive and expressive professor. His lectures always included a physical demonstration, which very much helped those who are visual learners. He also, unlike some professors, is genuinely inspired and enthused about the subject of his instruction -astronomy. This in turn directly inspired students, including myself, to be excited and inspired by the endless wonders and discoveries made in this particular field of science.

    Course highlights:

    Through the course of the semester we learned everything from the theories behind the beginning of the universe and its occupants, to the more specific individual studies and sections of scientific theories behind formation and sustainment of planets. Orbital patterns, binary stars, scientific explanations behind dark matter and black holes, explanations behind the seasons, constellation patterns, and seemingly endless universe, and the development and enhancements in telescopes and vehicles that may uncover new knowledge in the future were probably some of the most interesting subjects.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If not anything else, to study and read from the course textbook. The lecture does not touch on all the information needed to fully understand the various theories, discoveries, and concepts needed to have a full understanding of the course. Extra research outside the lecture may also prove useful; sometimes a second opinion and or second point of view of a specific subject (especially unproven or recently discovered theories) are very beneficial.

    • Fall 2015
    • DanielC.Criminger
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading

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