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LOVED this class. Astronomy is super fascinating and this class was not hard. Very little math required (seriously, basic stuff) and science concepts are very manageable.
Prof. Furlanetto posts all of his lecture audio online (which led me to skip a lot of classes and listen to hours worth of lecture... don't be me). His powerpoints are mostly pictures and short points, so the audio is where it's at. He's a cool guy, too. Clear, direct, reasonable, and sometimes funny. I liked him.
There are weekly quizzes online. Usually 10-15 questions, and you should have no problem getting As or 100s on all of them because not only is there no time limit, you get 3 chances. You don't need to buy any homework software or anything--all quizzes are on CCLE.
Exams are all multiple choice and not too bad at all. You have 2 midterms and a final. If you do the work and don't procrastinate too much, you should be able to get a A. There was moderate reading, but the reading was interesting (MOST of the time, anyway). I suggest not reading it all at once; split it up over the course of the week, because it does get a little much if you try to read it all in one sitting.
Selling textbook for HALF off original price, so $50! Good condition. About 2 chapters are neatly highlighted, but the rest is clean; binder included. Email ************* if you want it :)
Furlanetto is the type of professor that give privileges to some students according to ethnicity or race. If you are white you don't to do that much to get A, if you are Hispanic or Latino you have to more than whites to get a B+. I do not recommend Hispanics to take a class with furlanetto if it is not required.
Funny guy who teaches a super interesting class. Don't need the textbook because all the information you need is on the slides which are posted online. My grade ended up being decided by the labs which were graded very strictly. Two midterms are pretty easy so it wasnt hard to get good grades on them, but the final is extremely challenging. Although it was a difficult class, professor Furlaneto is enjoyable and the material is very intriguing.
Furlanetto is clear and concise in his teaching of this class. There's yet to be a question (however unrelated to the class) that he hasn't been able to answer well. Lectures can be a little dry at times, but he does a good job breaking down often complex topics into simple terms. If you attend or listen (all lectures are podcast-ed) to all lectures (while looking at the slides he posts) you'll do well. Labs can be somewhat difficult at times, but the class isn't especially difficult or time consuming overall.