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    Gayle Towell, Amy Sibal
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    A Few Big Assignments

    Always Do the Reading

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    Jun 28, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This was a tough-graded class, especially for an entry-level class, but overall I learned a lot and appreciated my professor's efforts to help me learn all that I could.

    Course highlights:

    I am able to more easily pick out constellations, and also understand star formation, along with their distances, luminosities, and lifespans. I now have a better understanding of how large the universe is, and that it is still expanding. Finally, I better appreciate and understand galaxies.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the textbook and make sure you completely understand every concept that is shown in the reading. Seemingly-random questions will show up on the quizzes, but they are all somehow tied into that week's reading. Also, take advantage of the extra credit opportunities.

    • Spring 2017
    • Gayle Towell
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Jan 11, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend this class because Amy makes the lectures so interesting and keeps you engaged. She also hands out study guides for every exam and final so she really does want her students to succeed and pass her class.

    Course highlights:

    This class was so much fun! The biggest highlight I would say was our lecture and discussion on black holes and the theory of relativity. This was the most fun lecture because we got into some of the theories scientists had about black holes because not much is really known about them. Also the star parties were really fun as well because you got to hear the many different stories behind the constellations and use telescopes to see them and the planets. The last highlight of the class were the weekly star charts that we had to do even though it was cold. We had to go out weekly and graph where the different stars and constellations were in the sky. Lastly the final presentation and paper were a lot of fun! You get to choose your topic.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    It's really important to show up for every class because you never know when you have to turn in homework or when she assigns homework. Also she only hands out the study guides for tests the class before so if you don't show up you won't be prepared for the exam.

    • Fall 2017
    • Amy Sibal
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Meetings Outside of Class Great Discussions

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