R. Michael Rich
Department of Astronomy
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3.9
Overall Rating
Based on 26 Users
Easiness 3.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.5 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.3 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Tolerates Tardiness
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28.2%
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27.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Dec. 22, 2020

Pretty straightforward GE. Rich is a nice guy, clearly cares about the material he's teaching. If you're taking this online, doing well on the tests is as simple as having extensive notes (all tests are open note). If they weren't open note, they'd honestly be pretty difficult, so I assume he compensates for this by making the tests easier when the class is in-person.
The labs are fairly easy, and if you struggle the TA's are very attentive and will usually give you answers.
The textbook helps with your understanding, but I stopped reading it towards the end of the course and did fine.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: B+
Dec. 19, 2020

Professor Rich is just a fun man. I would've totally gotten an A-, but I forgot to do my last homework assignment after my final exam. He is so relaxed and he makes funny jokes throughout the lecture. He increased my interest in learning about the universe. I am an econ major so there really won't be another time I would take this type of class, but I am so glad I did and would take it again. If I remember correctly we had numerous homework assignments, a weekly lab, a midterm, and a final. If you keep up with the material you'll do wonderful in the class.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A+
Nov. 30, 2020

Michael Rich is an interesting guy. He knows how to teach a GE, and he knows exactly what to teach. Lectures might be boring, though.

You will use an online textbook for your readings and homeworks (based on the readings), pre-made by some publishing company. I used this to learn all the material, since I couldn't pay attention in class.

Lab assignments, homeworks, and exams are pretty straightforward. No tricks. What you see is what you get.

One of my classmates showed up only on the first day of class and the time of the final exam, and this person passed. If you wanna take a P/NP physical science GE, look no further.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
Feb. 9, 2020

Answers to the homework are on quizlet if you don't understand what to do. Tests were challenging but extra credit really helps to bring you up. DO the extra credit and keep up with the readings to be prepared for the midterm and final. Professor said some interesting things but went on random tangents sometimes which made it hard to follow.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Feb. 9, 2020

Not an easy GE at all but totally doable. Went to 3 lectures all qtr and got an A- but I also took ASTRO in high school. My advice is to do well on labs by asking your TA questions (these will pad out bad test scores).

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B
Jan. 22, 2020

I took Astronomy 3 in order to get one of my prerequisite out of the way because I am social science major. I will say this, if you do not find anything interesting in learning about stars or space, then I would suggest to look into another class that fulfills a science with lab. Do not get me wrong, Professor Rich is very enthusiastic about astronomy and his research, but the learning for me was not interesting so I quickly stopped finding interest in studying. The midterm is 30% of your grade and the final is 40% of your grade and is cumulative whereas the lab and homework make up 30% of your grade. The homework is done online and can be easily found on quiz let (about 90% of the time). Overall, if you study for the class and can push through the quarter, a B and even an A is very manageable, but it can be easy to stop going to lecture or do the readings.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Jan. 14, 2020

This class has a lot of online homework but honestly it was pretty easy and really helped me learn the information. Besides that you have to do an easy lab each week and as long as you cram for the midterm and final you'll get an A.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Jan. 6, 2020

The class is pretty straightforward in regards to coursework. You have hw with every chapter, eight total labs, midterm, and final. Attendance is not mandatory (pretty dull and clustered slides that the professor reads off of); however, attendance is mandatory for labs! The midterm/final are multiple choice. Make sure you study the practice questions (usually on the exam) and review all the topics from his study guide. You can get extra credit from the hw and 2% from short papers. Overall, it's not extremely difficult or easy.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
Dec. 27, 2019

Important things to consider before taking this class:
- Requires Pearson Online MasteringAstronomy: ~$60
- Course Reader: ~$15
- Professor reads off slides – content may get dull if you weren't interested in Astronomy before coming in
- Class attendance not mandatory, but labs are required. You can only miss one lab section, and will have to do a (slightly more difficult) make-up lab on your own
- Midterm and Final are all Multiple Choice. About 70% of questions are freebies, but the rest are more difficult to answer accurately.
- Offers 2% extra credit if you attend his Astronomy events or go to the Astronomy shows that he lists out

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Dec. 18, 2019

If you need to knock out your science + lab GE, this is the perfect class for you! The midterm and final exam were definitely doable; there were no curveballs thrown at us. Professor Rich is extremely generous with the curve for the midterm and final exam, and also offers two extra credit assignments (up to 2% EC) as well as extra credit on the homework. The weekly two hour labs aren't extremely difficult, but definitely do take some thinking and effort. I stopped attending lecture early on since the professor posts the lecture slides online, which pretty much have all the information you need to know for the exams. He also provides a practice exam and study guide before the midterm and final, which are very helpful. He literally pulls some of the exact same questions from the practice exams and puts them on the midterm and final.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
Dec. 22, 2020

Pretty straightforward GE. Rich is a nice guy, clearly cares about the material he's teaching. If you're taking this online, doing well on the tests is as simple as having extensive notes (all tests are open note). If they weren't open note, they'd honestly be pretty difficult, so I assume he compensates for this by making the tests easier when the class is in-person.
The labs are fairly easy, and if you struggle the TA's are very attentive and will usually give you answers.
The textbook helps with your understanding, but I stopped reading it towards the end of the course and did fine.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: B+
Dec. 19, 2020

Professor Rich is just a fun man. I would've totally gotten an A-, but I forgot to do my last homework assignment after my final exam. He is so relaxed and he makes funny jokes throughout the lecture. He increased my interest in learning about the universe. I am an econ major so there really won't be another time I would take this type of class, but I am so glad I did and would take it again. If I remember correctly we had numerous homework assignments, a weekly lab, a midterm, and a final. If you keep up with the material you'll do wonderful in the class.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A+
Nov. 30, 2020

Michael Rich is an interesting guy. He knows how to teach a GE, and he knows exactly what to teach. Lectures might be boring, though.

You will use an online textbook for your readings and homeworks (based on the readings), pre-made by some publishing company. I used this to learn all the material, since I couldn't pay attention in class.

Lab assignments, homeworks, and exams are pretty straightforward. No tricks. What you see is what you get.

One of my classmates showed up only on the first day of class and the time of the final exam, and this person passed. If you wanna take a P/NP physical science GE, look no further.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
Feb. 9, 2020

Answers to the homework are on quizlet if you don't understand what to do. Tests were challenging but extra credit really helps to bring you up. DO the extra credit and keep up with the readings to be prepared for the midterm and final. Professor said some interesting things but went on random tangents sometimes which made it hard to follow.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Feb. 9, 2020

Not an easy GE at all but totally doable. Went to 3 lectures all qtr and got an A- but I also took ASTRO in high school. My advice is to do well on labs by asking your TA questions (these will pad out bad test scores).

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B
Jan. 22, 2020

I took Astronomy 3 in order to get one of my prerequisite out of the way because I am social science major. I will say this, if you do not find anything interesting in learning about stars or space, then I would suggest to look into another class that fulfills a science with lab. Do not get me wrong, Professor Rich is very enthusiastic about astronomy and his research, but the learning for me was not interesting so I quickly stopped finding interest in studying. The midterm is 30% of your grade and the final is 40% of your grade and is cumulative whereas the lab and homework make up 30% of your grade. The homework is done online and can be easily found on quiz let (about 90% of the time). Overall, if you study for the class and can push through the quarter, a B and even an A is very manageable, but it can be easy to stop going to lecture or do the readings.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Jan. 14, 2020

This class has a lot of online homework but honestly it was pretty easy and really helped me learn the information. Besides that you have to do an easy lab each week and as long as you cram for the midterm and final you'll get an A.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Jan. 6, 2020

The class is pretty straightforward in regards to coursework. You have hw with every chapter, eight total labs, midterm, and final. Attendance is not mandatory (pretty dull and clustered slides that the professor reads off of); however, attendance is mandatory for labs! The midterm/final are multiple choice. Make sure you study the practice questions (usually on the exam) and review all the topics from his study guide. You can get extra credit from the hw and 2% from short papers. Overall, it's not extremely difficult or easy.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
Dec. 27, 2019

Important things to consider before taking this class:
- Requires Pearson Online MasteringAstronomy: ~$60
- Course Reader: ~$15
- Professor reads off slides – content may get dull if you weren't interested in Astronomy before coming in
- Class attendance not mandatory, but labs are required. You can only miss one lab section, and will have to do a (slightly more difficult) make-up lab on your own
- Midterm and Final are all Multiple Choice. About 70% of questions are freebies, but the rest are more difficult to answer accurately.
- Offers 2% extra credit if you attend his Astronomy events or go to the Astronomy shows that he lists out

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Dec. 18, 2019

If you need to knock out your science + lab GE, this is the perfect class for you! The midterm and final exam were definitely doable; there were no curveballs thrown at us. Professor Rich is extremely generous with the curve for the midterm and final exam, and also offers two extra credit assignments (up to 2% EC) as well as extra credit on the homework. The weekly two hour labs aren't extremely difficult, but definitely do take some thinking and effort. I stopped attending lecture early on since the professor posts the lecture slides online, which pretty much have all the information you need to know for the exams. He also provides a practice exam and study guide before the midterm and final, which are very helpful. He literally pulls some of the exact same questions from the practice exams and puts them on the midterm and final.

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3.9
Overall Rating
Based on 26 Users
Easiness 3.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.5 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.3 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (15)
  • Needs Textbook
    (12)
  • Gives Extra Credit
    (14)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (11)
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