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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 16 (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Dava Newman 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 16.00 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design



    Spring 2003




    Course Highlights


    This course contains labsassignmentsprojects, and related resources dealing with aircraft and rocketry design concepts.


    Course Description


    The fundamental concepts, and approaches of aerospace engineering, are highlighted through lectures on aeronautics, astronautics, and design. Active learning aerospace modules make use of information technology. Student teams are immersed in a hands-on, lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicle design project, where they design, build, and fly radio-controlled LTA vehicles. The connections between theory and practice are realized in the design exercises. Required design reviews precede the LTA race competition. The performance, weight, and principal characteristics of the LTA vehicles are estimated and illustrated using physics, mathematics, and chemistry known to freshmen, the emphasis being on the application of this knowledge to aerospace engineering and design rather than on exposure to new science and mathematics.



    Technical Requirements


    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.

     

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