PSci 21 Elementary Astronomy - 2017 Spring
E-mail: ringwald[at]csufresno.edu and
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Phone: (559) 278-8426 |
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Office: Room 11 of the J-wing of McLane Hall (near the
ground-floor Women's Room and east of McLane 161)
Office hours (between January 17 and May 12): MWF 1-2, TuTh
If students need to see Professor Ringwald outside
office hours, please call or e-mail first.
You don't need an appointment to come in during office hours.
This is time set aside for students, when Professor Ringwald will be
You can get homework help, free tutoring, or review sessions
before exams, personalized just for you.
Please feel free to contact me, if you have any problems whatsoever in
this course: or if you're doing well, and just want to talk about the
wonders and mysteries of the Universe. It's in my interest, and I care,
that you do well!
News, updated 2017 April 28:
- PSci 21 labs on Monday (5/01), Tuesday (5/02), and Wednesday
Meet in the lab classrooms (McLane 258 or 264)
at the regular lab times (3:30, 5:30, or 7:30 p.m.), and do:
The Lab Final Quiz will cover all labs except Lab 10 (on Micrometeorites)
and Lab 11 (Classification of Galaxies), so re-read these labs
Bring to all PSci 21 labs:
- the (lunar blue) PSci 21 Lab Manual,
- a scientific calculator.
- Read, by Wednesday, 5/03: Chapters 28, 29, and 30 of Astronomy
- Homework 11 (on The Nature of Evidence), on page A29 of the
(solar yellow) PSci 21 Class Notes, will be due in class as
a paper copy during the first five minutes of class on Friday,
May 5. Sorry, but no late work will be accepted.
- Read, by Wednesday, 5/10: Chapters 31 and 32 (the end) of
Astronomy for Beginners.
- The Research Paper (over 1200 words long, typed or computer
printed, with at least 8 references) is due in class as a
paper copy during the first five minutes of class on Wednesday,
May 10, and NOT on the day of the Final Exam.
For detailed instructions about the Research Paper, see the Writing
Guide for Research Papers, on pages 10-14 of the (solar yellow) PSci
21 Class Notes.
For how to write the papers, see The Elements of
Style, by Strunk & White.
- The PSci 21 Final Exam will be comprehensive, covering all
material in the entire PSci 21 course, including labs, especially Lab 9
on the H-R diagram. It will be an closed-book, closed-notes exam, like
the Mid-Term Exams, but longer, with 100 multiple-choice questions in 115
minutes. It will be given on Wednesday, May 17, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. in
the regular classroom (McLane 162).
Bring to the Final Exam:
- Number 2 pencils,
- Scientific calculators,
- Important: 882-E or 882-ES Scantron forms.
Re-read all the assigned reading, including:
- Chapters 1-32 of Astronomy for Beginners,
- Pages 9-35, 66-72, 108-121, and 127-138 of The Stars, by H. A.
- All labs, especially Lab 9, on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram,
- Since the Final Exam will be comprehensive, the best places to begin
studying are Mid-Term Exam 1 and Mid-Term Exam 2, and Lab 9.
Cell phones or any other device that can communicate outside the classroom
will not be allowed during PSci 21 exams, even if used only as calculators
with the communications functions turned off.
Do the readings, and take notes while
reading in a distraction-free environment, I guarantee it will
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