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ASTR 101 Intro to Astronomy

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    Christiansen, McMahan, ROSE, CLEMENS, SILVERSTONE, Staff, MurraySilverstone, Reichart, DanReichart, Don'tRemember, AARON, DontRemember, AARONLACLUYZE, DanielReichart, JUSTINMOORE, CLEMENS,JC, REICHART,DAN, KUPPER,LAWRENC, NicholasLaw, Sloan, Wallace, Colin
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    Many Small Assignments

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    Nov 27, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Overall, it is pretty approachable for liberal arts students, but it can be easy to get bogged down with the jargon.

    Course highlights:

    I really enjoyed when the professor just went over the general information of the universe.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Really take the in-class assignments serious, and if you even suspect you might be wrong about something from them go talk to the professor, because those assignments are what you will be tested on.

    • Fall 2016
    • Wallace, Colin
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Oct 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because Professor Sloan does so much cool research which is so interesting to hear about it! He's also so thorough and understanding! Great course!

    Course highlights:

    Basic stuff-planets, stars, famous astronomers!

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the textbook! If you do this you'll have a much easier time on the tests!

    • Fall 2016
    • Sloan
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments
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    Jul 27, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Reichart is an amazing person—extremely friendly, hilarious and entertaining in a lecture room, he's very easy to listen to and is not frightening at all if you need help, which is perfect for college freshmen who may initially be intimidated by the idea of office hours. However, his course is pretty darn hard. To anybody expecting to go in and look at pretty pictures of planets all day: you have another thing coming. If you are simply looking to avoid a science course where there is little math involved, this is not the choice for you. Although we do spend a lot of time learning about planets and stars, a majority of the class—and especially the tests—focus on astrophysics which, of course, involves math pretty heavily. Unfortunately, considering the enormous class size (I think my semester had upwards of 500 students in the room at once) it is extremely easy to zone out—and zoning out in this class often means that you miss a large chunk of the material in a matter of seconds. None of this is to scare anyone off—overall, a very interesting course—but honestly pretty difficult and not for anyone looking for an easy A.

    Course highlights:

    Reichart is a fantastic professor, the homework is not too bad, the tests are very difficult, but I did feel like I learned a lot. Studying the planets and stars were definitely the highlight, and towards the end of the semester we looked a lot into black holes and other universes, which is what pretty much everybody came for. So the goods were delivered, but just not until the end of the semester after most of the brunt work was over with.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Ask for help, find study buddies, don't forget to do the homework. Take hand-written notes—you will find that it is much too difficult to type out the complicated math equations. He has the full lectures posted on his website, but would still recommend going to class.

    • Fall 2015
    • DanReichart
    • Math-heavy Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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