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AST 111 Intro/ Solar Systems Astronomy

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    Bowman, SaraWalker, Staff, juddbowman, patience, Patty, Jennifer Patience, butler, rhoads, asphaug, Patrick Young, James Rhoads
  • Average Course Rating (from 6 Students)

    3.8/5
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    • Medium 33%

    • Hard 50%

  • Top Course Tags

    Always Do the Reading

    Math-heavy

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Mar 07, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course, is shrouded in complicated math equations, which if you have not mastered Advanced Algebra/Calculus, is simply a mistake in moving forward with course material. Was lead into thinking that it would be exploratory, and fun-- similar to TV shows. However, it is very textbook heavy, and additional videos, and reading addendum texts, in addition are definitely REQUIRED!

    Course highlights:

    Aside, from common knowledge tidbits, about space, stars, planets, and space missions, this class is a more analytical approach to outer space. Sometimes it seems as if the course texts, and homework/exams, can be discombobulated. I found, that multiple TA's and asinine email blasts from Professor about seemingly insignificant homework questions, seemed a bit childish and elementary. Not necessarily a "100 level" course....

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Reconsider this course if you are needing it for a science credit. I would recommend this course, for those that are serious about sciences- chemistry and physics. Brush up on math skills. Be prepared to STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. This professor will not easily hand out answers.

    • Spring 2017
    • Jennifer Patience
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading
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    Nov 18, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Pretty much everything you need is in the textbook, the only reason to actually attend class is for the cool pictures and videos as well as the participation points.

    Course highlights:

    I personally like astronomy, so I enjoyed the course material, especially about the planets of our Solar System and their moon systems.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take the homework seriously, it's easy so just do it. Also, he drops the lowest test grade, but I would recommend taking all of the tests in order to keep your bases covered.

    • Fall 2016
    • James Rhoads
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Sep 22, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I took this as a requirement for my QS. I was told that it would use high school level algebra. NOPE! This was way beyond that. Disclosure: I am a returning student and hadn't had math for 30+ years. It was compressed into 7 weeks and it was a TOUGH course.

    Course highlights:

    I loved the Starry Night Software. The labs were for the most part pretty fun.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do each of the Reading Quizzes in the back of each chapter to solidify your knowledge. Take advantage of any math tutoring you are offered. Be prepared for lots of trick questions on the exams. Watch your grades closely--sometimes the averages don't really add up.

    • Summer 2016
    • Patrick Young
    • Math-heavy


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