Intermediate Aerodynamics


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

This course is designed to give the student exposure to a wide variety of aerodynamic problems and issues. It could be the first course in the area for a graduate student or an advanced course for an undergraduate. This course stresses fundamental ideas and concepts. It will be helpful for everybody interested in aerodynamics; the CFD user, the experimentalist, the practicing engineer, and the graduate or undergraduate student.


The course objective is to increase student understanding of airfoil and wing aerodynamics and compressible flow beyond the undergraduate level. A deeper understanding of the analytical background in each topic is sought based on the expectations of graduate level mathematical ability and a solid background in elementary fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Topics Covered:

Thin airfoil theory; wing theory; boundary layer methods; compressible flow over airfoils; unsteady compressible flow; introduction to transonic and hypersonic flow


An undergraduate level aerodynamics course is a requirement, although some graduate students without one have successfully completed the course; there may be some programming using Matlab.

Applied / Theory:

40 / 60

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Approximately 8-10 homework sets will be assigned, typically with one week to complete them. The homework assignments will count for 60% of the course grade. Assignments will be challenging but fair. Assignments will be submitted electronically through Blackboard.


Not required.


Midterm (20%) and final exam (20%).


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: None required. Lecture notes will be available via the course web site.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements.

Other Requirements:


ProEd Minimum Requirements: