PSci 21 Elementary Astronomy - 2014 Fall
E-mail: ringwald[at]csufresno.edu and
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Phone: (559) 278-8426 |
Also: (559) 278-2371
Office: McLane 11 in the new J-wing, near the Women's Room.
Office hours (between August 21 and December 10):
TuTh 3:30-4:30 p.m.
If students need to see Prof. 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 Prof. Ringwald will be in.
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 2014 August 26:
- Welcome to PSci 21!
There are open seats in PSci 21, so just register normally. If you need
permission numbers, see Margarita or Chelsea, the physics department
secretaries in McLane 173, M-F from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
- There will be no class Monday (9/01), because of the Labor
- Read, by Wednesday, September 3:
- Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Astronomy for Beginners,
- Pages 9-35, 66-72, 108-121, and 127-135 of The Stars by H. A.
- There are physics barbecues most Thursdays from noon to 1
p.m. in the courtyard outside McLane 173. All are invited!
- Homework 1 (the Math Exercise), on pages A3-A4 of the (solar
yellow) Class Notes, is due in class as a paper copy during
the first five minutes of class on Friday, September 5.
Sorry, but no late work will be accepted.
- You can get help with Homework 1 from me during my office hours (MWF
2-3, TuTh 3:30-4:30) and from the Learning Center in the lower
level of Madden Library. The Learning Center will be having Open
House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. all week, until Friday (8/29).
- PSci 21 labs begin on Monday, September 8 or Tuesday,
September 9. Meet at the regular lab times (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.) in the
lab classrooms (McLane 258 or 264), and do: Lab 1: Star Names, Maps,
- Be sure to be registered for a lab, in addition to the lecture
section we're in now. Pick one lab and go to it only: don't hop from lab
to lab, since lab instructors can't record your grades accurately that
- All the required texts for PSci 21 are now available at
(1) Astronomy for Beginners, by F. A. Ringwald
(which you'll need to do the homework),
(2) The (solar yellow) PSci 21 Class Notes, by F. A. Ringwald
(which has the homework assignments),
(3) The (lunar blue) PSci 21 Lab Manual, by F. Ringwald and S. White,
(which is used in all PSci 21 labs),
(4) The Stars, A New Way to See Them, by H. A. Rey,
(5) The Elements of Style, by W. Strunk Jr. and E. B. White.
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