January 05, 2007

Applegate, James
[ASTR 1404] Beyond the Solar System

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

I was persuaded to take Applegate's class in a last minute shift (already missing the first class)feeling terrified after reading all the reviews about him (particularly the one "C visited me the first time ..." resonated with me. He might have been a bad professor during last classes which I had never taken probably due to his personal family problems But with all honesty, I found Applegate a very special professor and his class an easy one to follow. I have not got my grades yet, but I am sure I have got either an A or A+. Prof. Applegate is a traditional American Prof, no-nonsense, straightforward (when it comes to exams), fluent English, (good for me, coz English is not my native) mastery of the subject, with his special sense of humor, (you have to realize the depth of his jokes, to laugh your head off). If you want to do well, go to every lecture, master the problem sets he hands out and you can buy the book (you don't have to) just to look up some topics he discusses in class, but you don't get it. I promise you will fullfill a headache free science requirement with a good grade.

Workload:

Problem sets (not collectable), Two exams, and a final. He does not play tricks with his students surprising them with monstrous exams.