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PHYS 104 Introduction to Astronomy

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    Aug 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This class was extremely fascinating and an overall fun and interesting class. I highly recommend this class to anyone who is remotely interested in astronomy, or even someone who just likes looking at the stars.

    Course highlights:

    the best parts of the class was when mr.Alway would make jokes and take us outside for class so we can observe the earth's penumbra or look at the moon from a telescope. He made the class a very fun experience for me.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you show up to class everyday, pay attention and take light notes, you will do amazing in the class and have a great time. If you sleep in class and barely show up, you will probably not do well.

    • Fall 2016
    • PeterAlway
    • Yes
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    Dec 11, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class to people because I think that the concept of having to take a Biology or Chemistry class in college (when I already took one in high school) is ridiculous, especially since my major is Graphic Design. PHYS 104 counted as a lab credit, and this means I will not have to take Bio or Chem. Alway is a funny, helpful, and fair professor who just wants to share his love of astronomy to others. I was not very interested in astronomy when this class started, but now I find myself identifying stars at night and looking for certain constellations!

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this class was the concept that it did not feel like I was actually going to class every night. Alway has a unique ability to turn his class into an environment where students do not feel pressured to know the correct answer right away. Students are allowed to speak up when they do not understand something, or when they want to share something with the rest of the class. Without Alway's energy and encouragement, I do not think that the class would have been so relaxed and so educational at the same time. My favorite concept to learn about was constellations, but we also covered much history and fact such as early astronomers and important astronomical ideas and laws.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    When considering this course, I just think it is best to keep an open mind. I know that astronomy is not preferred by every student, but I think that this class is worth the shot in the dark, especially when the other options for labs are actual lab classes (Biology and Chemistry).

    • Fall 2015
    • PeterAlway
    • Yes
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