Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering
Effort: 84 hours, self-paced
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About this course
This course provides an overview of and introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using the history of aviation as a story line. The course uses examples from the very beginning of aviation (the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon flight in 1783 and the Wright brothers’ heavier-than-air flight in 1903) and continues all the way through to the current Airbus A380 and future aircraft. During this trajectory three major topics are discussed: aeronautics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics.
Lectures are frequently accompanied by related exercises and demonstrations. The course also incorporates (design) challenges/competitions, based on the knowledge obtained through the lectures.
Roughly how many hours will I have to spend on the course?
We estimate it will take 84 hours to complete this course. As this course is self-paced, you can choose when you work on it.
How much does it cost to take the course?
Nothing! The course is free.
Will the text of the lectures be available?
Yes. All of our lectures will have transcripts synced to the videos.
Do I need to watch the lectures live?
No. You can watch the lectures at your leisure.
Will certificates be awarded?
Online learners that registered in the ID-verified track and achieve a passing grade, are awarded a certificate of mastery. The certificate indicates that the learner has successfully completed the course, but does not include a specific grade. Certificates are issued by edX under the name of DelftX, designating the institution from which the course originated.
Can I contact the instructor or teaching assistants?
Yes, but not directly. The discussion forums are the appropriate venue for questions about the course. The instructors monitor the discussion forums and try to respond to the most important questions; in many cases response from other students and peers will be both adequate and faster.
Is this course related to a TU Delft campus course?
The material treated in this course forms part of the BSc programme in Aerospace Engineering, but the MOOC certificate does not offer any exemptions.
The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.
What you'll learn
- A general introduction to aeronautics
- Detailed knowledge of aerodynamics
- A specific understanding of flight performance