David Cline

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ASTR 3
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Nature of Universe See Full Profile

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ASTR 5
Life in Universe See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.7

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This was, despite being easy, the most frustrating class I've ever taken at any level of schooling. Cline is a nice guy, and a genius, but he has no business teaching an intro class, this one at least. The course boils down to two facts: the universe is really, really big, and we don't know if there's any other life in it. That's it. It's mind-bogglingly boring. If you want to raise your GPA I guess it would help, but you're going to suffer for it. Take Astro 3. You won't regret it.

(Jan. 8, 2003)
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ASTR 6
Cosmology: Our Changing Concepts of Universe See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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Don't take him unless you are a South campus major. He expects everyone to have an extenive background in physics. His lectures are confusing and difficult to follow.

(Feb. 20, 2002)
PHYSICS 10
Physics See Full Profile

Overall 2.9 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.9 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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Absolutely cannot read his handwriting or hear what he is saying so there is no point in taking notes. He doesn't use powerpoint or the board, but instead writes on an overhead projector that is extremely difficult to see. . Learn everything from the book if you take this class.

(April 1, 2015)
HNRS 73
Elementary Particles in the Universe See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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PHYSICS 128
Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics See Full Profile

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PHYSICS 495
Teaching College Physics See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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--ASTR 5--

Final Grade: A+

Grading: Generous Curve.

Examinations: MT 1- 50ish mcq
mt2 - 60ish mcq
final - 79ish mcq with repeats

Lecture: Unnecessary

How to get an A: I had Julia as a TA. Go to discussion the day before the midterm, and she tells you everything.

Professor: He explains it well.. He's not the most personable, and most eloquent guy but he knows his stuff. Everyone who got confused in lecture (I heard a lot of complaints after classes) is just dumb-- very simple concepts. Astro is in the middle of a breakthrough area in its science, so a lot of the material is young (exoplanets just a few decades) and it's a large part of the class, so it's obvious some of the stuff said isn't 100% explainable and frankly, some of it's bullshit. If you're looking for a GE, this is very very easy and interesting, but I also took Astro 3 with Mclean and liked that better.

(March 20, 2010)
PHYSICS 599
Ph.D. Research and Writing See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.0

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ASTRO 5:

Easy class. Reviewed all my notes the night before the exam, not intensely either, and I was good to go. The topic was interesting, tests were fair, I think a lot of people found it easy as well. Discussion sections (with Julia) helped too. I can't figure out whether attendance to them were mandatory but I'm under the impression that they were anyway. I'm terrible at science, mediocre at memorization, but this class made sense and I still got an A.

(June 6, 2011)
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