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ASTRO 110 The VIsible Universe

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    Staff, WayneMcKinney, PAULM.SASSE, Maura Corcoran
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    Great Intro to the Subject

    A Few Big Assignments

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    Nov 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend this course! Professor Sasse (he prefers "Paul"), is a fantastic teacher who truly understands the subject and presents it in a way that is engaging and easy to understand. He often utilizes stories and different visuals that are highly effective in demonstrating the fascinating subject of astronomy!

    Course highlights:

    One highlight of this course was the first section, when I learned about all (88) of the constellations. This unit was filled with interesting stories about Greek mythology and how all of the stars got their names. It was also a very practical and applicable section, as I soon was able to look up at the night sky and spot the different asterisms we had discussed in class that day. Another highlight from this course was the day I got to hold the moon! Paul was "the earth" at the front of the class as I held up the model of the moon from my desk; together we demonstrated the various movements of the two celestial objects with respect to each other. That was a fun day!

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you know the sky charts! They come into play a lot throughout the four exams. Also, don't forget to participate in this class. Ask questions! It makes the subjects easier to understand and makes the class more fun and engaging!

    • Fall 2017
    • PAULM.SASSE
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments
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    Jun 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Astronomy is completely unrelated to my major, but something about which I believe that everybody should have a general and basic knowledge, and I can recommend the course on these terms alone. I knew almost nothing concerning astronomy, but came out with an incredibly more general understanding of our planet, solar system, and universe.

    Course highlights:

    It is almost difficult to tell whether this course itself is simply fascinating, or if my stellar professor made it one of the most enjoyable classes I've taken at Diablo Valley College. His fascination with the subject is extremely contagious, and I could not help but share in his sincere awe and excitement concerning our universe. I could pick highlights in any other course, but this course interested me every class and never failed to present some intriguing new concept.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attendance was not mandatory with my teacher, leaving your fate completely in your own hands. However, it truly is an enjoyable class to attend, at least comparatively, and becomes an instantly manageable class if you attend every class and stay relatively on top of the assignments. Homework and self-tests, like the attendance, are not mandatory for your grade, but will make or break you.

    • Spring 2016
    • PAULM.SASSE
    • Great Intro to the Subject
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    May 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Incredible class! Paul is informed about astronomy and takes time to go over everything. It's a hard subject but he makes it seem less hard.

    Course highlights:

    Constellations, asterisms, movement of planets, moon, sun and stars.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study a lot for tests. Whole grade based off of tests so make sure you do well on them.

    • Spring 2016
    • PAULM.SASSE
    • Yes
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