This aerodynamics course focuses on the study of the flow of air about a body, and the “body” will be an airplane, but many of the concepts explored are relevant to a wide variety of applications from sailboats to automobiles to birds. Learners completing this aerodynamics course will gain a fundamental understanding of concepts and models used to aerodynamically analyze and design subsonic, transonic, and supersonic aircraft.
While the course is an introduction to aerodynamics, it is an advanced subject typically taken as a third or fourth year undergraduate subject in aerospace engineering.
Basics of aerodynamics
Fundamentals of potential flows from subsonic to supersonic speeds
Viscous flows including laminar and turbulent boundary layers
Aerodynamic models of airfoils and wings
Physics, vector calculus, and differential equations (all at a first-year university level). Some familiarity with introductory gas dynamics (in particular control volume analysis) is also assumed, though additional, optional background material will be provided as part of the course content discussing the necessary gas dynamics.
Who can take this course? Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.