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[ASTR 1836] Stars and Atoms

April 06, 2021

Paerels, Frederik Silver_nugget
[ASTR 1836] Stars and Atoms

One of the easier classes I've taken in college. I rarely went to lecture (the few times I did I encountered a professor who was always happy to repeat things more than once if people weren't getting it), and the home works were still doable if you know high school algebra. While I was super nervous about it as a liberal arts major, I chuckle to myself in retrospect.

Weekly problem sets take about an hour or two.

The midterm/final was exactly like doing a problem set, and he gave us a week to do each. I'll admit that I would have been more stressed out if I had to take it in person without the ability to google formulas.

Midterm Mean -- 99
Final Mean -- 88

He's super sweet, interesting, and easy. This man deserves a gold star


Weekly Problem Sets (2 hours)
Take Home Midterm
Take Home Final

February 22, 2021

Agueros, Marcel Silver_nugget
[ASTR 1836] Stars and Atoms

Ok I hate math, but this professor is the most painless science rec there is.
Prof. Agueros is kind, smart, and engaging. He switches up the class to avoid straight lecturing. I am not doing super well in the class, and he can be kind of not tech-savvy (he loses recordings and the second half of the midterm), but he is super apologetic and accounted to fix it. Super present, engaging, kind. He also had his pronouns in his zoom name and is intentional about teaching about female scientists, which is super awesome and unexpected of a straight stem man.

In terms of the course, there is a little math with a simple calculator, but it, at least for me, is an expansion on high school chem and physics so it is doable

In short, wonderful professor, fine class. Not bad if you need to take a science.


two midterms, that you do twice, once alone and once with a partner
around 6 homework that is time-consuming but doable
in-class assignments for completion

January 05, 2021

Paerels, Frederik Silver_nugget
[ASTR 1836] Stars and Atoms

Paerels is the best. He's devoted to making sure that students actually learn and understand something and he's not out there trying to trick them and deduct points. All HWs and tests are very doable even with fragmentary knowledge of high school math.


60% HW
10% Midterm
20% Final
10% Quizzes (for completion).
Cutoffs for A unknown but he says he's a "generous grader" in the syllabus. I don't think he gives out A+ because of the high mean but A should be very manageable.

May 10, 2003

Paerels, Frederik Silver_nugget
[ASTR 1836] Stars and Atoms

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

frits is my main man. for non-science majors who wanna hear about cool astronomy stuff, or math/science people who want and unbelievably easy A, i highly recomend frits's these classes. class is really fun, i went even though i didn't really have to. frits is a cool, guy, he tells you about his own research projects, which are really interesting, and is always eager to chitchat outside of class about astronomy or anything. he curved stuff so that it was impossible to get below a B, so even the people who weren't strong in science did well.


sooo easy. 4 bullshit hws, open notes midterm and final, both really easy.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ASTR / ASTR ASTR ASTR C1836: Stars and Atoms Kathryn Johnston 2012 Fall MW / 11:40-12:55 PM 1
ASTR / ASTR ASTR ASTR C1836: Stars and Atoms Kathryn Johnston 2011 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ASTR / ASTR ASTR ASTR C1836: Stars and Atoms Frederik Paerels 2009 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ASTR / ASTR ASTR ASTR C1836: Stars and Atoms Frits Paerels 2001 Fall TR / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1