Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Dr. Chartas is a phenomenal professor, one who was willing to work with students who were struggling. Dr. Chartas expected participation from students, and it was a way for both parties to gauge how each were doing.
Some highlights of the course included interactive learning. Each class session we had AstroNews: each student gave a presentation of some scientific discovery and had to relate it to the class. This allowed for students to practice their public speaking skills, while also improving their scientific inquiry. Another highlight included open-book tests. Now, this may seem counterpoint to college, but given the large scope of the class, having the book helped. There were some concepts covered in the lecture that were not in the book, so it was also up to the student to pay attention during class.
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Advice for students:
Formulate study groups outside of class. Astronomy II covered an expanse of knowledge, and one person cannot fully disseminate all of that information. Go to his office hours, which are posted on the syllabus. Do not afraid to speak out during class if you are confused by a difficult topic. If you feel afraid to speak out in class, approach him after class and talk with him then.