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PHYS 1600 - Contemporary Astronomy F (3-0) [0.50]

This course is designed for non-science students. Emphasis will be on the interdisciplinary and contemporary aspects of astronomy with the object of providing a perspective of our place in the physical universe. Topics will include the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, pulsars, black holes, quasars and cosmology. Students are encouraged to suggest and participate in discussion on items of special interest. (Also offered through Distance Education format.)


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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : October 21, 2011

Is the textbook recommended by the student? No
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Massa

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I took this course online with Professor Massa, and although labelled as a course for non-science students... it is a lot of science and I found it quite hard to comprehend as an arts student. It doesn't help that this course has no application to every day life, whereas the nutrition course I took to fulfil my other science credit was great in that aspect. You can google everything to get great marks on the quizzes, but it will definitely not help you with the final exam (written in-person, not online).
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : September 15, 2011

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Interesting course if you want to learn more about planets, life cycles of stars etc. You don't need to do any calculations in the course, but as a non-science student, definitely need to go to class & work at memorizing all the theories in a short period. First half of the semester was much easier but as it got into scientific theories and the life cycles of stars was harder especially if you've never heard of any of it beforehand.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 11, 2011

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Hard, especially if you're not a science student even though it's geared towards non-science students... Prof. Massa is really funny though :)
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