Wow! No reviews on Ulrich since 2001! Well, 4 years later he is still quite boring in lectures (I ALWAYS fall asleep), but he really cares about his students. All his notes are posted online and he's extended the due dates for quizzes twice already simply because a couple of students have had "technical difficulties." He takes all his quiz questions from a website, so those are easy 20/20's. Labs are kind of annoying, but not too difficult. The midterms, however, contain some pretty tricky questions, but they're do-able if you think hard and are able to apply concepts and stuff. This class should be an easy A, but you have to show up sometimes for his pop quizzes (which he normally warns you about the week of). =DDDD
If you want a class where you can simply show up to the midterms and final, take astro 4. It was a class of about 80 and only about 15 people showed up to lectures regularly. The professor puts all of his notes on the internet, including past midterms. If you do decide to go the lectures, be prepared to fall asleep. He's a good guy, but he lectures as if his students are all expert astrophysicists. It's almost like he's speaking in a foreign language. The easiest way to do well is to go to your discussions and have the TA put everything in English. Midterms are easy (most of it is right off the old midterms that he puts on the internet), but there are 3 of them, including a final. It's an easy class to pass and a relatively easy B. If you want the A, you have to keep up with the reading and actually put effort into the class.
i took astro 4 with ulrich. his lectures are extremely boring because of his monotone voice and ... the general lifelessness of the lecture hall. however, its the easiest class ever. grading: weekly online quizzes two midterms: question are generally from the weekly quizzes final: pretty much from the quizzes and the midterms. thats it. take it. and just do the weekly assignment. dont bother going to class. give your clicker to someone or trade off.