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NAS 131 Astronomy I

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    Dec 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommended this class to anybody that as long as they know that the class requires more work and study than other courses. In astronomy, you learn an extensive amount of information about the sky, ranging from the solar system, too why all of us humans are here today, and the constellations that live in the sky. This class so far is in my top three of favorite classes taken. This class is tough however, if you do all the work and study for the many test, midterm, and final you will do fine. Mr. Younger offers a huge amount of extra credit and does his grading by a point system that is exceptionally fair.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course in my opinion are the moon project, the planetarium, and the outside telescope building. Almost every lab (every Tuesday) we were in the planetarium learning about new consultations, as well as examining planets and stars. The planetarium is a huge dome building with a five thousand dollar projector that projects a crystal clear high quality image. Also, during a few classes we were in the outside telescope building looking directly at the sun, moon, and other planets, depending on the time of day and the weather. The moon project was personally fun for me because I went out every night I could to snap some pictures of the moon with my Sony A65 camera. By the due date, I took over fifty pictures of the moon and properly placed twenty of them in a presentation folder along with the right ascension, declination, azimuth, and altitude. For the front cover, I added a little bit of my flavor by adding in a few neat pictures as well as other images and shapes to make the front cover very visually appealing. The class is tough however it is also very rewarding.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Before taking this class just know that it is going to require more work than other courses. Not only do you have to attend a lecture but also a lab. In addition, the lab tends to range from two too three an a half hours. Also, if you go into this class thinking how bad it is going to be and have a super negative attitude its only going to make thing harder. At first, I was excited to learn about the sky and solar system but then very soon I became overwhelmed, however I buckled down and in the end received an A. So basiclly just know what you are getting into, do the work, and you will be fine.

    • Fall 2016
    • Younger
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research
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    Nov 07, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is fantastic! The material is interesting. The professor is great. Your grade is point based.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot more in depth things about astronomy, astronomers, and how the earth came to be.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Put in the work! Go to skywatches, watch videos, and go to museums.

    • Fall 2016
    • Broun
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Oct 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Excellent class, Professor Younger knows what he's talking about and makes class so much fun.

    Course highlights:

    The ability to use the planetarium was awesome. Really helped learning our constellations. Learning new things about the planets in our solar system was my favorite.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It's not a walk in the park, it's a tough science that requires a lot of work. Astronomy is very interesting, however, so you'll learn many cool new things.

    • Spring 2016
    • Younger
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Great Discussions

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