Took this class with Dr. James Wadsley
in Fall 2010.
This course introduces you to orbital motion, electromagnetic radiation, the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, the Milky Way Galaxy, galaxies and quasars, the evolution of the universe.
The textbook "Introduction to astronomy" Was useful when understanding material in a more detailed way or doing practice questions before the midterm and such. The textbook is useful, however, not a necessity.
The course with Dr. Wadsley was a complete disaster, The midterm was very hard, consisted of no MC, but all SA questions regarding the material and calculations. The calculations were not as bad, but the marking scheme was horrifying, TA's took marks for no reason. Most people either failed or did really bad in the midterm. Midterm consisted of 10 questions. The exam was a bit easier, simpler calculations and short answer questions. But I did not receive my mark yet.
The midterm and the exam were cumulative
and Its very important to attend each lecture since you need to understand what is really going on.
The prof Dr. Wadsley was very condescending and always made fun of my questions or stuff, well questions regarding the problem sets and labs. He was helpful most of the time. Just the tone he answers your questions...
40% Term Work*
Term Work included: 4 Problem Sets (VERY HARD PHYSICS CALCULATIONS), 6 Labs (Very Strict Marking Scheme), Observatory Night (Observed Jupiter under a telescope, fun
) and a Planetarium Show night (it was awesome but I got very dizzy at the end)
The TAs are so mean, I hated them, they never mark things on time, the exam came and the final problem set which was on the exam was not marked yet, I was so annoyed. The marking is very slow and so terrible
Don't get me started on the lab/problem set pickup, the prof at the end of the class puts all the material in front of the class and the students start looking through the piles to find their shit it is ridiculous.
Yeah I really did not like the class, the material was very interesting don't get me wrong. It's just the class was very disorganized
Overall, the interesting material made up for the hard midterm, the annoying problem sets which were ALL physics and the annoying slow TAs. I would not reccomend this class if you are not really good in physics so avoid it. If you are good at physics then this class might be a breeze for you