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Gerald Pennington


"The fact of two forces, centripetal and centrifugal is universal. And each force by its own activity develops the other. Nature will not have us fret and fume. Our painful labors are unnecessary and fruitless. Only in our easy,simple,spontaneous actions are we strong. There is no need of struggle,convulsions,and despairs. Or the wringing of hands and the gnashing of teeth. We miscreate our own evils. " — Ralph Waldo Emerson


After more than 35 years in the field of communication electronics to include microwave radio systems, long haul troposcatter,digital carrier networks and wideband fiber optics, I find myself in academia teaching a practical math class. I accumulated 87 credits in electrical engineering (UNR) and earned a degree in electronics technology from TMCC in 1990. My youngest daughter is a medical doctor, my oldest is a registered nurse,and my two sons are musicians.


Contact Information

Office Location: MCML Adjunct Lounge, Elko Campus
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  • AAS, Truckee Meadows Community College, 1990


Recommended Reading

  • Nature and other writings, Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Self-Aware Universe, Amit Goswami
  • Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain
  • The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
  • Of Stars and Men, Harlow Shapley
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne



  • Astronomy, astrophotography, hiking the Ruby Mountains, machine shop (miniature steam engine fabrication).
  • Past President Astronomical Society of Nevada(1996) Past President Elko Amateur Radio Club 2005


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AST 101
Title:General Astronomy
Catalog Description: An introductory examination of the solar system, stellar systems, and stellar and galactic evolution according to currently accepted concepts. Introduces astronomical instruments and light theory. (Formerly AST 101, Introductory Astronomy)
MATH 116
Title:Math 116 Mon-Wed 96347
Syllabus (PDF)

Photo Gallery

Perseid meteor 8-13=2010

Ruby Dome 11,387 ft. JULY 2013

The Pyramid 11,360 ft.

Wheeler Peak Great Basin Park

Wheeler Peak Summit 13,066 ft. Aug. 24th 2010

Boundary Peak 13,144 ft. Highest point in Nevada

From Thomas Peak--Mt Fitzgerald in the background.

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