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Christopher Palma
Professor in the Astronomy department
at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
2.8
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31 Student Ratings
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12/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTRO 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

This is a challenging course; however, Dr. Palma is hands down the professor to take the course with. With the study guides, class discussion board (piazza), and other material he makes available, you cannot fail! Make sure you study the questions because they will come up again! Don't just memorize it, look at the context just incase it changes.

12/23/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Astro 401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Genuinely awesome dude. Ultra smart and actually wants you to learn. He is always open to questions and will help you with anything.

06/24/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His online class is very interesting and interactive. Be sure to know the questions asked in the interaction because they definitely appear on the exam. Dr. Palma gives study guides and sample exam questions which are a HUGE help. You can pace yourself however you want as long as you finish by the due date.

05/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Astro 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I dont know how you can really rate an online course teacher, but he set up the class so its interesting and informational. The exams are pretty straight forward, but are alot of material. it isnt an easy A (yet possible), but and easy B.

04/16/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
astro 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

extremely hard Class studied very hard with very little result. Please avoid if you can

02/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO 001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy is a genius teacher...makes astronomy interesting. no clue what anyone is talking about with confusing questions. I found that he teachers only the basics, the stuff u need to know. no need to memorize random stuff. obviously more people like to come on here to complain than praise, because i know lots of people like him.

02/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO 001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best guy ever! Took his online astro class and it is laid out so that it is so extremely interesting and fun- so much so that I barely had to study for exams! Contrary to what others have said, for astro 001, i thought the exams were really easy...even got an 100% on one. Take the web course.

12/24/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. It is NOT an easy gen-ed. Palma loves what he teaches and he is a good guy but the tests are impossible.

12/15/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Although I can tell he really enjoys what he teaches, I think the content was too in-depth for an introductory class. The information was incredibly interesting, but I think there was too much of it, making the exams incredibly difficult.

11/25/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Astro001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

As a professor and a person he is a great guy but i have come to realize that no matter how much effort i put into studying i still get C's on every exam. His exams are very hard and the questions are, in my opinion, ridiculous and confusing. I wouldn't suggest this is a gen ed

10/17/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT EVER TAKE THIS GUY. He simply will make your life a living hell. No matter how much effort you put into this class, YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. I studied way too much, went to every study group that the TAs offered, and still, he brought his twisted questions to the exam. This is the biggest mistake I have ever done; Astronomy with Dr. Palma.

10/15/2012
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy. EXTREMELY HARD for a gen-ed. His homeworks and exams are ridiculously hard. It's the farthest thing from an "easy A" DO NOT TAKE HIM IF YOU HAVE NO BACKGROUND IN ASTRO

05/05/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Astro001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy, interesting class (most of the time). First section you discuss is miserably hard, but it gets better after that. He has alot of cushion points to help your grade, but exams are pretty difficult. I only managed to scratch out an A minus in the class because I studied my butt off for the final. Would definitely recommend though.

12/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr Palma has a lot of enthusiasm for teaching this course. He truly seems to love astronomy and takes a lot of pride in his teaching. I took this as an elective to fill a science requirement, but it ended up being an interesting course. The exams can be tricky and challenging.

10/19/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Astro001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great class, great professor. easy A or B if you put in some effort to stay on top of the assignments. He even offers extra credit and having your lowest midterm grade dropped. Tests are NOT cumulative.

12/19/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great elective, great class, great teacher. Attendance is mandatory, but will excuse you if you are sick. Three midterms and your lowest is dropped (who else offers this kind of flexibility?). The final is straight off the midterms. If you don't get at least a B in this class for a non-science major, you won't have an easier opportunity.

12/13/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I thought this class was great, but I know that people in the class had trouble with it. It's pretty easy, but you do have to go to class and study. His office hours are helpful, too. Don't buy the book unless you want to study from it, but his notes online are really all you need.

10/17/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Astro100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Extremely hard class for a gen ed. Even though the tests are curved, it's still almost impossible to get an A. Don't take this class unless you really like astronomy and are willing to put a lot of time into studying.

09/01/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Astro001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

GREAT class. so fun and interesting, and Dr. Palma really enjoys teaching, and loves the subject. i learned so much about astro. some of the concepts were difficult at first, but if you go to his office, he will help you until you understand! will be more difficult if you haven't had chem 110 , but if you've taken chem 110 should have no problem!

02/15/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy. Interesting lectures.

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