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    ROBERTS, Manousakis, Riley, anderson, Efstratios(Stratos)Manousakis, Dr. Vlad, dr ng, Efstratios Manousakis, Dr. Mark Riley
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    Always Do the Reading

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    Mar 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course provides a basic but in depth look at the universe around us and does a fantastic job at putting our place as humans into perspective in the vastness of space. While the class does move quickly, Dr. Riley covers all the material with a reverence for Astronomy and the students themselves. It is a class that requires students to work hard but the amount of material learned is a reward in its own sense. I now know much more about our universe and the physics of how everything fits together. There is much more than just the 8 planets in our solar system. We are a tiny speck in an incredible universe, one which we still do not fully understand.

    Course highlights:

    From this course I gained a much deeper understanding of everything inhabiting our solar system and, indeed, other galaxies. Some of the highlights of this course for me were learning about the many moons that exist in the solar system, especially Jupiter's icy moon of Europa. My mind was excited at the prospect that life could exist on this small moon. Scientists do not even want to send probes there, as they want to preserve the planet's oxygenated atmosphere as best as possible. Many of the highlights of this course came from the critical thinking questions posed to the students about life on other planets. Dr. Riley introduced us to the works of many great astronomers, including Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and Paul Dirac. Altogether, the combination of in-class demonstrations, online reading, and engaging lectures, makes this course a must for any student looking for a broader understanding of astronomy.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this course, I would recommend students enter with an open mind. It is incredibly important to persevere. As a film major, I do tend to get impatient with science courses, however, this course is rewarding and genuinely interesting because it has a real world application. I feel it is incredibly important to learn about the physics of our universe and the effects of global warming so we can educate the future and be more enlightened than previous generations. As Dr. Riley taught us, now is an important age for science, we know more now than we ever have in the past. Students must be prepared to do work and think critically. Only the student can give himself the motivation to learn, but this course will open the mind to many possibilities and provide a drive for many to be better people, including myself.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Mark Riley
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 16, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The class was amusing and he is a nice guy but I ended up teaching myself the material.

    Course highlights:

    Lots of new understanding of the universe as well as ways to recognize the stars and measure movement in the stars.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Just read your material and do the questions.

    • Summer 2016
    • Efstratios Manousakis
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jan 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would only recommend if you enjoy natural science and are curious about the universe.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the basic principles that outline the structure of the whole galaxy.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to read the book and study.

    • Fall 2016
    • dr ng
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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