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This class was not as easy as I thought that it would be- Ghez is one of the most interesting, but also most difficult of the astro 3 professors. She is a great lecturer- very lively with good slides. All of the powerpoint from the lectures is online, which is very helpful. Her tests were more difficult than I expected, besides the fact that she graciously takes 20% of the questions from the homework. The homework can be tricky, but you have 3 chances to submit it. You just have to remember to do it. The labs were easy.
Ghez is very nice and approachable, but don't expect it to be the easiest of science classes. Her grading scale is great- it helps out a lot.
Ghez was very approachable. If you need to take Astro 3 as a GE or just because your interested, definitely take it from her. If you have sepcific questions, she's very willing to answer then outside of class. Additionally, she doesn't give hours of homework and prepares you very well for her tests. The only problem is that she's often in Hawaii doing research (about 3 times per quarter).
I took astro 3 thinking it would be an easy GE but it was actually really difficult. I'm not a science person at all so that might have factored into it, but I found the material extremely dense and hard to follow. It doesn't help that Professor Ghez really isn't a great lecturer. She seems like a really nice person, but that's not much consolation as she's racing through her notes to cram ridiculous amounts of information into limited class time. Labs are easy, but the tests are not. They're are all multiple choice, but very comprehensive. Don't expect to just memorize facts. You have to truly understand the information and be able to relate it to other things you learned about. I found it way too indepth to be a GE. I put a lot of time and effort into this class and still didn't get an A, so if you're just looking for an easy science GE, look elsewhere.
jeez, if you are looking for an easy class, don't take astr 3 w/ her. She's not a good lecturer. She's too busy w/ her own research and her test questions are often vague and confusing to understand. The concepts and material can be learned quite easily, but her vague test questions make the whole course kinda difficult, yet not. Most of the questions that you will miss on her hw and exams are due to your misunderstanding of the question.
ghez is a very intelligent woman but not a fabulous teacher. the midterms are not super difficult, the final is! there is hw every week which isn't horrible, but the labs are graded fairly harshly. most of the material on the exams is from the book, but some of her lecture material is different and confusing to understand. from what i hear, mcclean is a lot easier, so you may want to consider that! oh, and when you ask her a question she sometimes doesn't answer or doesn't answer so that you can understand
Okay, Prof. Ghez has got some good and bad points, but it's up to you decide which outweighs the other.
For one, she's really passionate and you can tell from the very first lecture that she really loves what she does. She's pretty good at explaining the harder concepts in astronomy and she's concerned about student learning, since she'll try to clarify any confusion.
However, she is NOT an easy instructor! For an intro to astronomy course, this class was way too difficult and had too much work (labs, weekly homeworks, 2 midterms, a cumulative final). In addition, the tests are hard since they involve mastery of the concepts as well as specific-detailed questions. On top of that, there is a lot of material to cover for one quarter, so one might feel really overwhelmed especially when finals come around.
I think if she could just slow the workload, everything would be all cool. You learn a lot, but she's definitely gonna work ya!