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 February 20:
- There will be no class on Monday (2/20) and no labs on
February 20-22, because of the Presidents Day holiday.
- Read, by Wednesday, February 22: Chapter 9 of Astronomy for
- You don't need to buy Astronomy for Beginners: three
copies are available for two hours at a time from Reserve Services at
the First-Floor Circulation desk, just inside the front entrance and to
the left in Madden Library.
- Homework 5 ("Some Logical Fallacies and How to Avoid Them"),
on pages A11-A12 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 24.
Sorry, but no
late work will be accepted.
- Mid-Term Exam 1 will be in class on Friday, March 3. It will
be a closed-book, closed-notes exam. It will have 50
multiple-choice questions in 45 minutes. It will cover Chapters 1-8 of
Astronomy for Beginners, Lab 1 (on Star Names, Maps, and
Constellations), and pages 9-35, 66-72, 108-121, and 127-135 of The
Stars, by H. A. Rey.
Bring to Mid-Term Exam 1:
- Number 2 pencils,
- Scientific calculators,
- Important: 882-E or 882-ES Scantron forms.
Phones or other devices that can communicate outside the classroom will
not be allowed during PSci 21 exams, even if used only as calculators.
Important: Do the readings, and take notes while reading in
a distraction-free environment, I guarantee it will help. Three
copies of Astronomy for Beginners are on reserve at Madden
Library. Students may borrow them for two hours at a time, from the
Circulation desk at front.
Professor Ringwald's home page
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