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AST 1002 Introduction To Astronomy

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    Aug 03, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's about understanding science and universe, learning about where we fit into the history of the universe, as well as how short we have existed here. Our planet sits in the middle of millions of scattered stars, astronomy puts you into a humbling perspective to how unimaginable vast the universe. Understanding governing processes such as gravity creating and destroying stars. It answers questions such as "what are we?" Throughout history cultures have told stories based off the same constellations that we look up to the sky and see today.

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    Astronomers are just beginning to understand the extent, power, and diversity of the universe. Discoveries that reveal colliding galaxies, gravity's crushing power in create black holes and neutron stars. To us this is all unimaginably strange, but beyond evening sky and the moon it’s common. They are normal. The world we live in is familiar and comfortable but its Earth thats "abnormal" compared to the rest of our universe. Our humanity is a small and insecure existence that is unknown anywhere else.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The material is interesting. Memorizing lunar phases, layers of sun, star life cycles. Understanding diagrams of sky, angular distances, celestial sphere. Most difficult concepts that I would study in depth are spectral classification, H-R diagrams, and binary starts.

    • Spring 2015
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    Jul 29, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I realized how abnormal our world is compared to the rest of our universe. The rest of the universe is violent, unpredictable and intense. All the while our world continues thriving with such venerable life unknown anywhere else.

    Course highlights:

    That discovering a supernova remnant is probably the best technological discovery we have been able to decipher.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Prepare to be humbled. Its a course that takes studying but the material you are taught has relevance to our culture today.

    • Spring 2015
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    Feb 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    GREAT TEACHER. If you write down the notes,

    Course highlights:

    show up to class and do the CD ROM

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

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    then you will get a good grade.

    • Spring 2015
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