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Marlena Siwiak

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Apart from "Introduction to Astronomy" by Duke University and "Calculus: Single Variable", one of the best Coursera courses I took so far (out of a dozen). Contains: \- Entertaining lectures with a lot of new and interesting information (not covered in any astronomy courses on Coursera I took so far), plus details on how the stuff was discovered, so one could decide his own how credible the hypotheses are. \- The right level of details for a person like me i.e. unprofessional enthusiast. \- Information presented in a well- organized, accessible fashion. \- Homeworks not too easy, with emphasis on rational thinking rather than learning formulas by heart. \- Excellent lecturer with good sense of humor. Highly recommended!
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Great, but demanding. Make sure that you have enough time to complete it. Lectures are long, but very interesting, so you never want to skip. The material covers almost every aspect of astronomy (not very deeply of course) and provides a good opportunity to review some basic physics knowledge. No former background is needed, because everything is explained on the fly, however, some mathematical/physical enthusiasm is required to complete homework assignments. Apart from "Calculus:Single Variable" and "The Science of the Solar System", one of the best Coursera courses I took so far (out of a dozen). Highly recommended!
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Great course, demanding, but great! The things I liked most: \- no chaos, everything was perfectly organized, the matter was taught in a logical and reasonable order, \- beautiful videos, animated movies in fact, \- lecturer's sense of humor, \- challenging homeworks and exams. Apart from Introduction to Astronomy by Duke Univerisity and The Science of The Solar System by Caltech, this is the best course I took on Coursera so far (out of a dozen). Highly recommended!