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    May 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's fascinating. You learn more about the universe than you would expect. He's british and super easy to listen to. Intro course is concept based, so you don't get bogged down in the math that most people fear comes with astronomy.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of the course was when we spoke about black holes and quasars. His lectures were fascinating and there is even a session that you go stargazing with super powerful telescopes. I got to see Saturn, Mars and a bunch of different constellations.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Come into the course with an open mind. Consider this course if you like dealing with concept heavy courses.

    • Spring 2017
    • packham
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course was great. It satisfied the science requirement for the core curriculum. Professor Packham taught the course in a way that made it very easy to understand and there was very little math involved. He also offered a lot of extra credit which really helped out. Overall I learned a lot and made a good grade.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about astronomy without feeling overwhelmed at all. It was a brand new subject for me, but the class was easy enough to understand and succeed in with relatively little effort.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attendance is optional, but showing up to class makes a huge difference. His lectures cover what is in the book and then some. It makes the exams much easier if you show up for lecture and pay attention.

    • Spring 2016
    • packham
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Excellent, knowledgeable professor who really goes above and beyond to help students understand material that could be intimidating at an intro level.

    Course highlights:

    The course was very good at balancing theory lectures with hands-on, interactive portions to apply astronomy/astrophysics theory in a practical, understandable way.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to the lectures!! Also, stay on top of the due dates for take home/online coursework. There is not reason to not get an A in the class.

    • Fall 2015
    • Schlegel
    • Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects Meetings Outside of Class


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