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A great science GE if you need one! Prof. Young is really passionate about the solar system and it shows in his lectures (and ties lmao). The material itself is pretty straightforward and easy; just attend lecture and take notes. The textbook is optional but he doesn't test off it so you don't spend your money on that. His lecture slides tend to be just pictures or videos, so you have to take your own notes of what he projects. He practically gives you the answers to the midterm and final (just memorize the practice problems and their answers and you should definitely get at least a B in the class). The subject in itself is really interesting and makes you think how small you are in the universe. Definitely recommend!
Professor Young is such a great lecturer. You can tell that he's extremely excited about the material (the moon landing!!), and sometimes he even brings cool things of his (I think it was a piece of the Allende meteorite). He always comes with awesome ties and the homework/assignments he gives out are fun. Whenever I did have any questions about anything, my TA Danielle was the best person ever and answered all of them. Tests were fair, he didn't give out questions that weren't in lecture. Overall, this was an amazing class and it's a great GE to take.
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Professor Young is very passionate about this course so much that he literally wears different planetary ties at each lecture. The slides can be somewhat intimidating at first with all of the mathematical equations (only need to know the basics), but he posts them all to CCLE so you are able to look back over them.
To study for the midterm he gave us a study guide and the midterm was exactly the same as our study guide. Needless to say the average on the midterm was extremely high.
Overall, as long as you read the textbook and his powerpoint slides you will be fine in the class. I would recommend this course as a GE.
This class is pretty easy for your science GE. Professor Young is super passionate about the topic and the lectures are pretty interesting. His slides are a bit vague, so it's pretty important that you attend class in order to understand what the slide is actually talking about.
The weekly "homework" is insanely easy and my TA was great so whenever I was unsure about something, she was more than willing to help. (Go Danielle!)
The tests are also pretty easy. They're entirely multiple choice and he provided us study guides that pretty much told you about half of the exam and as long as you studied a bit for the rest, you'd be fine.
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His tests are VERY detailed oriented. It is neccessary to attend lecture because his slides have little to no wording, only pictures.
This class covers everything you need to know about our solar system and its planets.
Definitely an easy GE. Dr. Young is incredibly knowledgable about the content. His lectures are sometimes hard to follow, but the midterm and final are both very comprehensive and based off of very general concepts. I loved how personable and available Dr. Young made himself to his students. He genuinely cares that his students learn the material. Great class
Professor Young is so passionate about astronomy and it definitely shows. His lectures are very interesting- he presents lots of pictures which really helped me to remember certain concepts.
Format of grading is:
35% final 35% midterm 30% discussion/partcipation (basically an A+ if you show up)
Dr. Young is very approachable and is willing to offer help whenever needed. Visit his office hours!!!! Also His class is relatively small (80 students), so it felt more intimate as opposed to some of the large astronomy lectures.
Very interesting and easy GE. 10/10 would recommend.
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