Explore the solar system using concepts from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. Learn the latest from Mars, explore the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in the universe.
This class was like a good book. You turn the first page, and there is no return. Mike Brown made accessible to all a quite difficult subject. I have no scientific background, but yet managed to stick with it to the end. It was one of those memorable classes where the chemistry between participants and Prof was at the very top. I can't wait to attend this class again next year, just for the fun.
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A very satisfying class. The lectures were accompanied but non required readings which went into lots more detail. Professor was quick to respond to online discussions and worked hard to make the quizzes challenging but fair. Of the four online classes I have taken this is the best so far. I learned much about our solar system and how it formed. A solid high school level of math and the sciences is reccomended.
I found the lectures interesting and very enjoyable with very detailed explanation of various astronomical concepts. However, watch out for the homework (quizzes). They are challenging, not just asking you to provide an answer but to think about the question, often requiring you to think about the question and identify which one among several answers is not correct.
Being a working person and hearing about this course via twitter, I attempted the work and found it somewhat conflicting with the various other aspects of life.
I felt it divulged intricate details of the methods used by scientists to arrive at their hypothesis and then during quiz time was asked to imitate the scientist. just a bit more than I had bargained for.
Overall, and had I had the time to devote to an upper echelon class as this, the information presented was useful and I'm sure I will recall much that was taught to me in the future
A challenging but worthwhile course from a true expert in the field. The videos are well worth watching if you have any interest in planetary science. Unfortunately, the homework questions often seem only tangentially related to the most important content of the lectures.