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    Oct 19, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's definitely not an easy A, but if you're willing to a consistent amount of work throughout the semester (labs, weekly homework, review, etc.) you'll be able to enjoy the course.

    Course highlights:

    Alex Filipenko is a very passionate professor and is always super excited to teach the material. But he does go quite in depth into the technical stuff, so you actually have to learn how to do the math stuff; they're not too hard but if you're terrible at math you might have to put some extra effort into the class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attend lectures. Alex webcasts all his lectures but don't be tempted to skip class, you'll be way behind and it'd be too hard to catch up.

    • Fall 2017
    • Alex Fillipenko
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Jan 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class was so interesting and Alex is the coolest professor ever! He explains the difficult concepts in a way that makes them easier to grasp.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course are definitely the more abstract concepts like black holes because Alex gets so enthusiastic while teaching.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to not fall behind on viewing lectures if you watch the webcasts. Also, start the labs early so that you don't run out of time.

    • Fall 2016
    • Alex Fillipenko
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions
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    Oct 07, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It is not an easy class! There is much more physics involved than you would expect. However, Alex Filippenko is an amazing professor who puts so much into each lecture. If you try hard and attend class, you will learn a lot and enjoy this class.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about our solar system, our galaxy, what stars are made of, orbits, equations for determining peak wavelength, etc., exploding stars, black holes, and all that space has to offer. I'm still in the class and it is pretty exciting wondering what lecture will be on today. Alex Filippenko is a highlight of the course and makes each lecture a great time.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely put a lot of effort into this course. It seems easy, but unless you are very familiar with astronomy and astrophysics, you will need to work hard to do well. Attend TALC sessions to help you with homework, and there are study sessions led by the GSIs before the midterms. Go to office hours if you have questions.

    • Fall 2016
    • FILIPPENKO
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours

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