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AST 101 ASTRONOMY

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    Dec 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Very interesting class, Covered relevant information without getting too tedious with details. I really enjoyed this class and strongly recommend enrolling in it.

    Course highlights:

    I learned many basic Ideas and concepts that seemed obvious but I didn't really know. I know have a thorough understanding of the general information covered in the class, most of which was related to our Solar System.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't miss class and pay attention during lectures. Exams were much easier when all I had to do right before them was review my notes and skim the textbook because I already knew most of the information.

    • Fall 2016
    • Lindsay Rocks
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Nov 17, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to any student who enjoys a hands-on approach to learning. There were many interesting in-class labs throughout the semester, as well as fascinating outside labs which were conducted at our observatory.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite thing about this course was visiting the observatory to complete the lab assignments we were given. I was able to gain a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of space, and the composition of stars and other astronomical objects.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this course, you absolutely must complete the lab assignments thoroughly, and turn them in on time. They are worth around half the grade in the course. As far as studying goes, expect the exams to be difficult. Read the material, and make sure you understand everything to the best of your ability. The exams do tend to go more in-depth than most initially expect them to.

    • Fall 2016
    • Andrew Caldwell
    • Great Intro to the Subject Requires Lots of Research Great Discussions
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    Jul 18, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's important to be educated about the universe and all the incredible aspects of it, especially how it differs so immensely from our small Earth. Whether or not this is required for an individual's major, I would highly recommend it! It helps expands one's knowledge and helps them be a better, more well-rounded individual. It's an exciting and relatively easy course to take for generals.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the birth and death of stars, galaxies, the speed of light, the correlation of space and time, and about how we as a human race are developing new technology to educate ourselves further. I enjoyed learning about space and time because it is not the same to the rest of the universe as it is to Earth. It changes and shifts, and to an extent, is even outside our comprehensibility. It's slightly infuriating how much we don't know but also exciting to know there is still so much more out there.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Almost all of the homework assignments are based on reading a chapter or two from the textbook and answering short-answer questions. Be sure to put aside time for this so you can fully read and absorb all the information. Work hard but also have fun and don't be afraid to ask questions!

    • Spring 2015
    • Mr. Minors
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Final Paper

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