Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Course Objectives

This course is intended as an introduction to the topics of Aerospace Engineering and Flight Mechanics. It lays the foundations for understanding the relationship between different aerospace subsystems; aerodynamics, control, structure, and propulsion.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize the milestones in aerospace engineering history
  • Recognize the phenomenon of change in atmospheric physical properties
  • Identify basic elements of airfoils and other aerodynamic shapes
  • Identify the different elements of aircraft and spacecraft and their functions
  • Recognize basic elements of aircraft and spacecraft performance
  • Evaluate basic aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft
  • Evaluate performance characteristics of aerospace vehicles
  • Identify different types of aerospace propulsion systems
  • Use a programming tool to produce simple programs for the course calculations


Introduction to Flight, 7th Edition, John D. Anderson, McGraw Hill, 2012, ISBN-13 9780073380247

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