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ASTR 1400 Solar System Astronomy

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    Holtz, SUSANHOLTZ, SusanHolts, MAHDISANATI, hertz, Dr.SusanHoltz, AdamHouk, AliMohammed, DouglasBarlow, PaulSell, MauriceClark, CadyClark, Alessandra Corsi, Robert Morehead, Anthony Kaye
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    Mar 24, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend it because it is a delightful course taught by a delightful professor who is passionate about astronomy, but I would simultaneously not recommend it because it is VERY challenging to get a good grade in.

    Course highlights:

    Many demonstrations in class were given to help explain harder concepts, daily APOD (astronomy pictures) are shown and are very interesting, and myths about the solar system are debunked. I also learned knowledge that was released recently so not many people know it so that was really neat. Dr.Morehead likes sharing things that even other astronomers may not know.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be good at physics, and know something more than what you learned in elementary school about the solar system.

    • Spring 2017
    • Robert Morehead
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    Mar 13, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because I think it is fairly easy to actually be interested in what you're learning and to want to pay attention. At night you can look up at the sky and see things you've learned-pretty cool.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the outdoor labs. We go to this location about 30 minutes away from campus (which is in the middle of nowhere in Lubbock) and get to look at the moon and stars through telescopes. This was a very cool opportunity I thoroughly enjoyed. We learned all about the planets and constellations, and being able to recognize them and point them out in real life was fun for me.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    I took this as an 8am course, which I would advise to deeply consider for any class you take. Attending class made a big difference even though attendance didn't count towards the final grade. Often in class he would emphasize what would be on the upcoming quizzes, so it was really easy to make good grades if you just showed up, paid attention, and wrote down what he told you to.

    • Spring 2016
    • Anthony Kaye
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Meetings Outside of Class
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    Dec 19, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a great class and I would recommend it to most people. however there is a larger part of physics in the class than one might expect and it takes away from the fun nature of the class. The lab however is almost completely fun until it gets to the final. This being because the lab final took place outside in 20 degree weather at night. The final took about 1 to 2 hours and you felt every bit of cold. If this class is appealing to you take it in the fall where the weather is much more enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    The amount of information that you will learn is actually great and is really interesting to know. IT puts things into simpler terms awhile giving you enough info to use on the exam and to remember throughout life.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Taking good notes and don't miss any days because attendance does make a big difference and the information being said on that day will most likes be on the exam.

    • Fall 2016
    • Robert Morehead
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments Great Discussions


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