AAE 19000 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering


Emphasis on the nature of engineering and the engineering method, with special attention to aeronautical and astronautical problems; introduction to design.

Format: 1 lecture hour, 2 hrs. lab

Credit hours: 2

Status: Elective for freshman engineering students

Offered: Fall only

Pre-requisite: None

Co-requisite: None

Course Instructor: Prof. Andrisani

Text: None

Assessment Method: Grading is based on homework, projects and attendance

Course Objective:

The objectives of the course are to give students experience in the basics of aerospace engineering, to show students examples of careers in the aerospace industry, and to discuss the nature of future coursework and what our faculty expects of our students.

Necessary Background: High school physics and mathematics

Topics (Hours):

· Simple experiments to illustrate important scientific principles (team project) (6)

· Field trip to US Air Force Museum (individual assignment) (3)

· Aerospace current events as reflected in "Aviation Week and Space Technology" magazine (individual assignment) (6)

· Aerodynamics and performance of the Concorde (individual assignment) (6)

· Ethics (in-class discussion) (1)

· Water rockets physics and experiment (team project) (6)

· Lectures by faculty distinguished visitors (8)

· Scientific notation and the importance of the "order of magnitude" (team project) (6)

· How fundamental concepts flow between the various courses in the AAE curriculum (concept mapping) (team project) (6)

Relationship of course to program objectives:

Most assignments in this course are team based. Therefore, students gain experience in working in teams of 4 or 5 students (2b). Most projects end with a formal write-up and an in-class oral presentation by each team. In this way, students practice written oral communication (2c). Each year there is one lecture devoted to professional ethics (2d). At least one project is experimental and develops computational and experimental skills (2a). Discussions of aerospace current events helps students develop an appreciation of the role of aerospace technology in today's world (4). Our "big picture" analysis of how all the important technical concepts are developed and linked within the courses in our school helps students to see the important interrelationships between courses and areas of study (e.g. dynamics and control) (1).

Prepared by: Dominick Andrisani

Date: May 23, 2001