Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I took Astronomy 100 over fall, and it was one of the highlights of my semester, if not my year. Professor Ciardi loves astronomy, and she makes her class passionate about it too! She always answers all of our questions, even if she has to explain it five different ways before we understand. We even got a few chapters behind in the course because we took up so much of the class time asking questions about our universe! This class was never boring. We had awesome hands-on activities that really helped cement concepts into our brains and help us connect ideas to images. I love astronomy so much now and I will never look at the night sky the same again!
I learned a lot in this class, from what black holes really are to what it will look like when our Sun dies one day, and everything in between. Our professor was really thorough, and she explained concepts about our universe so well that I don't ever think I will forget them. One of my favorite discoveries in the class was finding out that there is actually a planet recently discovered that is about the size of Jupiter and orbits two stars. Guess what they named it? Tatooine! (After Star War's planet that has two suns and is the home of Anakin and Luke Skywalker!) I thought that was really cool. If you want to learn amazing things about our universe, take Astronomy 100!
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Advice for students:
If you want to take Astronomy 100, get ready to learn a lot, ask questions, and have your whole concept of the world completely blown off the charts. You will need to be open to doing lots of in-class activities that will help you understand class material, and use the study tools our professor provides. Studying for the tests isn't hard if you pay attention, and the homework helps you with that too. Most of all, get ready to have a lot of fun and a great semester!