PSci 21 Elementary Astronomy - 2017 Spring
E-mail: ringwald[at]csufresno.edu and
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Phone: (559) 278-8426 |
Also: (559) 278-2371
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 January 18:
- Welcome to PSci 21!
There are open seats in PSci 21, so just register normally. If you need
permission numbers, see Margarita, Bibiana, or Evalyn, the physics
department secretaries in McLane 173, M-Th from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5
p.m., and F 8 a.m. to noon.
- Handouts on the first day of class include:
- The PSci 21 Course Syllabus for 2017 Spring semester (several pages:
please read carefully)
- A Summary of Rules (from the syllabus) (one double-sided page)
- Six skills to learn in college / How to write e-mail to a professor
- A copy of this web page
- Read, by Wednesday, January 25:
- Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of Astronomy for Beginners,
- The entire PSci 21 Course Syllabus (which was handed out on Monday).
- Homework 1 (the Math Exercise) on pages A3-A4 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, February
3. Sorry, but no late work will be accepted.
- You can get help with Homework 1 from me during my office hours
(MWF 1-2, TuTh 3:30-4:30) in Room 11 of the J-wing of McLane Hall.
- The Learning Center can also provide free homework help in
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays-Fridays. Any of the tutors
who can help with any of the physics courses (including PHYS 2A) can help
with PSci 21.
- PSci 21 labs begin on Monday, 2/06, or Tuesday, 2/07, or
Wednesday, 2/08. Meet at the regular lab times (3:30, 5:30, or 7:30
in the lab classrooms (McLane 258 or 264), and do:
1: Star Names, Maps, and Constellations.
A new lab has been added, meeting at 3:30 p.m. (to 5:20
p.m.) on Wednesdays (starting 2/08) in McLane 258, and taught by Jimmy
Gonzalez. Range labs for this section will still need to meet at 5:30
p.m. or 7:30 p.m., though.
- 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 the lab instructors can't record your grades
accurately that way.
Professor Ringwald's home page
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