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Name of course : Solar System Astronomy
Description : Introductory, descriptive survey of the solar system designed primarily for non-science majors, including current results from space probes, history of astronomy, and the motions of the moon, stars, and planets in the night sky. Complementary course covering stars, galaxies and cosmology (PY 123). Companion laboratory course (PY 125).
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Comments :
Average user rating : 3.69
Average GPA of classes in course : 2.57
Std. dev. of classes in course : 0.14
Percentile within all courses : 10%
Percentile within department courses : 29%
 Spring 2010
Class Instructor Days Time Books Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler TuTh 1015AM-1130AM 0 0
 Spring 2006
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler % 4
 Fall 2005
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler % 3
 Spring 2005
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler % 5
 Fall 2004
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler % 5
 Spring 2004
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler % 7
 Fall 2003
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.60 1.15 88% 6
 Spring 2003
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.56 1.27 66% 16
 Fall 2002
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.59 1.05 77% 6
 Spring 2002
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.91 1.02 100% 4
 Fall 2001
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.51 1.19 55% 7
 Spring 2001
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.45 1.00 11% 4
 Fall 2000
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.50 1.11 44% 2
 Spring 2000
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.49 1.06 22% 1
 Fall 1999
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
PY 124 section 001 Egler 2.50 1.13 44% 2
 User Ratings
Walker
Starting Lineup
83 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Recommended if you just need a science credit and don't won't to work too hard, but don't won't to be too bored either.
class :Fall 2001 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :4 multiple choice tests, nearly all from class notes. Easy to do well if you just come to class and pay attention and study the moderate amount of notes. Egler managed to make astronomy interesting (I knew very little about it and didn't really care too much before taking the class)
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Very funny guy. He's a sarcastic science nerd interested in astronomy and medieval studies. Amazingly has a lack of ego that makes him very easy to approach.
tnutz159
Veteran
231 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :I found the astronomy interesting. It covers lots of things without going in depth and becoming boring. Not too much material, just right. Take this course. Good for meeting science requirements.
class :Spring 2002 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :Fairly easy class. Basically a few multiple choice tests and that is all. Some boring videos. Don't buy the book, I haven't used it yet and don't plan to. All he tests on is given in class if you take decent notes.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :3 - Good
instructor comments :He is pretty entertaining. Puts most of what he is talking about on the board. Makes lots of jokes, some bad, some good. Knows what he is talking about. You can see what you made on tests on the net immediately after you finish.
Maverick
All American
11173 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :
class :Fall 2000 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :
DancingMutt
All American
581 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :Large lecture, easy material, almost no homework, if any.
class :Fall 2002 section 001
grade received :B
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :Super easy, save the exams. Exams were 25 questions, multiple choice.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Really funny guy, very helpful. Will put you in the class if you are waitlisted, etc-- just ask.
Wolfman Tim
All American
9498 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :One of the electives for PAMS students.
class :Spring 2003 section 001
grade received :A-
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :Very easy class. Most of the material on the test I knew before I even took the course. Takes attendence, but does not include it in the grade. Course only consists of 3 tests (all multiple choice) and an exam. Buy the book only if you don't plan to go to class. The final is a little harder than the tests, so you should to 1-2 hours of studying beforehand.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :The class was very interesting. I would have attended it more often if I didn't have 3 consecutive classes beforehand. Great sense of dry humor.
JP
All American
16464 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :I found the material quite interesting, though some I have known before in grade school and other classes. This course was required for me.
class :Spring 2003 section 001
grade received :A-
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :I would've had a higher grade, but I really didn't study for any of the tests. The book is absolutely unnecessary. The only thing you need to study is the practice tests and any other previous old tests that you can find. There is no homework either. I still advise you to go to class and take notes just in case. Some bonus questions come from videos seen in class, so it's good to see those.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Although, sometimes class gets boring, he makes it entertaining with his silly jokes. He spoke fairly clearly and made all the material understandable, even to the simpliest sorority girl.
madmoose
Starting Lineup
68 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :Always loved astronomy, so it was fun and easy.
class :Spring 2003 section 001
grade received :A+
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :Lots of cool stuff.. beat to death the Right Ascension and Declination concepts.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Constantly telling corny jokes.. but I like corny jokes. Real good at explaining the concepts clearly. Grades returned promptly, cool guy.
jimb0
All American
4667 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :fun course, i think everyone should take it. very valuable information to know.
class :Fall 2003 section 001
grade received :B
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :entertaining! the tests are more challenging than one would think though, especially for a class that people seem to think is an easy A.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :great instructor. he takes being a professor very seriously you can tell, and makes the course fun and challenging. brilliant man, really knows his shit.
strokester13
New Recruit
6 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :The material was pretty interesting. If you have any interest in solar system astronomy, take this class. It fulfilled a general science for me and was pretty easy for non-science majors.
class :Fall 2003 section 001
grade received :A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :The material was mostly interesting, although i wish we spend more time on stuff outside the solar system(black holes, nebulas, etc) and less time on the moon and the sun. We watched a good number of videos, which were great. I really like astronomy so it was fun for me. Class sometimes let out early.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :This guy is great. He tells bad jokes and makes the class fun. He is open to questions at any time and does a good job of explaining complicated stuff.
jglandwe
All American
723 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :The material was very interesting but I didn't know much of anything about astronomy coming in, it seemed to be mostly the basics. It wasn't hard but you have to go to class and pay attention.
class :Spring 2004 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :Not much work required, just go to class, listen, and take notes. No written homework or reading assignments.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :He spoke clearly and explained things well, but I sat in towards the front and some other people were complaining about not being able to hear him well. I would reccomend the class, "broaden your horizons"
HadaDeLaLuna
Veteran
123 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :I found it pretty boring, but mainly because I already knew the stuff.
class :Spring 2004 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :2 - Average
class comments :3 tests (25 multiple choice ?'s) and 1 exam (50 multiple choice ?'s) are the only grades in the class. Occasionally watched videos, but most of the time he just lectures.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :3 - Good
instructor comments :Really knows what he's teaching! Tries to crack jokes in class, but they're not really funny. The answers to the tests are posted immediatly after class, and the grades are returned the next class.
Laytox
New Recruit
3 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :I think the class was very interesting. Material is not at all difficult, and you get to learn a lot about astronomy and our solar system. Made me want to take the optional lab and additional astronomy courses.
class :Spring 2005 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :The class was pretty easy. No outside work. Tests were all multiple choice and not very difficult. Attendance was not required. Overall, a good course to take for fun as an elective.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Kinda nerdy, but funny. Very very knowledgeable on his subjet matter. Overall a very smart guy. Made lots of cheesy jokes/puns in class. Kept class interesting.
outsider
Veteran
184 Posts
user info
course :PY 124
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Most material was interesting, nothing terribly difficult involved.
class :Spring 2006 section 001
grade received :A-
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :Overall this was an easy class, the only work required was a bit of studying before the 3 tests and final exam(the only 4 grades). If you can take great notes there is really no reason to buy the book.
instructor :Egler
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :This guy was one of the best professors I've had, very friendly and humorous, his class was always enjoyable. Tests were graded promptly.

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