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    Mar 20, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course provides students with the ability to view our world with a new perspective all from a passionate teacher who loves the topic.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of the course was a story which Professor Mutz told which gave students an idea of how small our own galaxy is relative to the rest of our known universe. "Our sun is so large that it would take nearly 10 million earths to fill the inside of our sun. Keep in mind that the earth is 150 million kilometers away from our sun. With that scale, if our sun were the size of a grapefruit, the earth would appear as a microscopic particle orbiting it. If that grapefruit-sized sun were in the middle of Phoenix, Arizona, the next closest sun to our own would be the same relative distance as Phoenix to Chicago. Now, the speed of light is 300,000 kilometers per second & the distance which light travels in a year at that rate is a light year. It takes three and a half light years for light to reach that other sun. This means if one were at that other sun, looking all the way back at earth, the light which is reaching it would be from three and a half years ago. This means you would be viewing back in time three and half years ago." This type of visual scale really enabled me to view our world and actions as miniscule relative to the rest of the universe. It was a great class that I genuinely enjoying going to and learning in.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    The best advice I could give to an incoming student is to sit in the front row, never miss class, and most importantly; take notely diligently.

    • Spring 2016
    • Steven B. Mutz
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions
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    Jan 26, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Great class, full of valuable information. The teacher is great and very nice. Make sure you have the time to complete this course though!

    Course highlights:

    I learned quite a bit about the moon. I wasn't expecting to learn too much in the course but was pleasantly surprised.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I thought this would be an easy class. It is easy in regards to the actual material if you enjoy astronomy. However, there is a lot of information to read, process and remember. Make sure you have time!

    • Winter 2017
    • Michael Newberry
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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