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ASTR 103 Introduction to Astronomy

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Go to Office Hours

    Many Small Assignments

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    Jul 05, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Learning about our solar system is a humbling and incredible experience! Shifting your perspective to other planets, galaxies and universes is life-changing.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course learning about laws of physics, the planetary system, stars, blackholes and cosmology.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would consider going in for office hours. Mike is super passionate about astronomy and wants his students to understand as much as possible.

    • Fall 2016
    • Michael Kraft
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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    Dec 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Kraft has an excellent way of not only explaining how each concept works, but also adapting to all levels of learning so that the class as a whole can understand. Also, rather than just blandly overviewing entire concepts, he will ask questions that require deep understanding, which allows the entire class to participate.

    Course highlights:

    One of the coolest highlights of the quarter was being able to hold real life samples of the moon. The basic overview of the class was how gravity affects planets, and how to determine a sun's mass, density, and eccentricity based on its planets' rotations. We also went over the concepts of black holes, the Big Bang Theory, and plenty of other interesting topics. Of course, this is an introduction to Astronomy, so the class won't teach you EVERYTHING you need to know. But, rest assured, there is plenty to learn.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Personally, I didn't spend enough time studying for the tests this quarter. They were relatively challenging, and I know that I could have received a better overall grade if I had put in just an extra half hour of study into my routine. If you go into the class and expect to be learning about where a certain constellation lies in the sky at a certain time of year, or how your horoscope affects your love life, then I'm sorry to disappoint you. This class is for the thinkers; the scientists. The people who want to know about how the universe itself works, and how we can keep advancing as a species toward the common goal of exploration and discovery.

    • Fall 2016
    • Michael Kraft
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments

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