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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!

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    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.

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    3-5 hours

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    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
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