AAE 20300

Aeromechanics I

Credits:     3

Contact hours:     3

Instructor:     Professor D. Sun and Professor Frueh

Text:     Notes furnished by instructor

Course Description:     Fundamental concepts and principles of bodies in motion, with applications to aeronautical and astronautical problems. Subjects covered include rectilinear motion, curvilinear motion, rotation, and plane motion. The static equilibrium and quasistatic equilibrium situations are treated as a part of motion in which the acceleration is zero. Problems involving impact, separation, work, and energy are considered.

Offered:    Fall and Spring

Pre-requisite:    PHYS 17200

Co-requisite:    MA 26100

Required:    Yes

Student Learning Outcomes:
On completing this course the student shall be able to:

  1. Compute velocities and acclereations for any type of motion.
  2. 2 Compute angular velocities and accelerations of rigid bodies.
  3. 3 Model forces and apply Newtons Laws in particle dynamic problems.
  4. 4 Model forces and solve general statics of bodies problems

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

    Program Learning Outcomes Included?
a An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering Yes
b An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data No
c An ability to design an aerospace system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability No
d An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams No
e An ability to identify, formulate, and solve aerospace engineering problems Yes
f An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility No
g An ability to communicate effectively No
h An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context No
i A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning No
j A knowledge of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering No
k An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for aerospace engineering practice Yes


  1. Dimensional Analysis (2)
  2. Vectors (3)
  3. Kinematics (9)
  4. Statics of Particles (5)
  5. Particle Dynamics (9)
  6. Statics of Rigid Bodies (12)

Revision History:
Prepared by: J. Longuski, Date: March 20, 2001
Revised by: J. Longuski, Date: August 2006
Revised by: M. Corless, Date: January 31, 2012
Updated Pre-Requistes on March 2, 2011
Format updated: January 31, 2011