Astronomy 101:

Principles of Astronomy

San Diego State University

Spring 2006


Finding our place in the universe has been a perennial human pastime. Here we present the results of this ongoing endeavor with a very broad brush, covering such topics as the solar system, stars, galaxies, black holes, and cosmology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the historical development of ideas, as well as their philosophical implications. The class assumes no prior background in astronomy, although a general knowledge of science at the high-school level will be helpful. Mathematics will be limited to algebra and geometry.

Prerequisite: Interest.


Professor Douglas Leonard, leonard@sciences.sdsu.edu
619-594-2215, Rm. 238 Physics building
Meeting times and location Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Rm. 216 Physics-Astronomy building
Office Hours Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (individual appointments only, scheduled in advance); other times possible by appointment


Thanks for a great semester!


  • Course Syllabus PS PDF
  • Weekly Assignments
  • Class Handouts
  • Powerpoint slides shown in class
  • Web links shown in class
  • Last Updated 2006.07.29 By Douglas Leonard