Astronomy 101: Principles of Astronomy

San Diego State University

Spring 2012

The Crab Nebula

Finding our place in the universe has been a perennial human pastime. Here we present the results of this ongoing endeavor, 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 AT sciences DOT sdsu DOT edu
619-594-2215, Rm. 238 Physics building
Meeting times and locations T/Th 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Rm. WC-220 (section 2)
T/Th 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM, Rm. GMCS 214 (section 4)
Office Hours Tuesdays 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (just drop in, no appointment needed;
other days/times available by appointment.

Link to textbook website (for completing weekly on-line homework). Detailed instructions on how to register at the textbook website can be found here.
Need help with astronomy 101? Visit the TA Helproom!
Link to Astronomy Podcasts: here.

Sisyphus Rolling a
BallFinal grades are done!

Final grades for the semester have been calculated, and are now available on the WebPortal. If you would like a detailed listing of all of your course grades (including the final exam), just send me an email, and I will send it to you! Thanks for a great semester,

  • Course Syllabus
  • Weekly Assignments
  • Class Handouts
  • Powerpoint slides shown in class
  • Web links shown in class
  • Last Updated 2012.05.18 by Douglas Leonard