Spring 2005 AAE 3710 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

Welcome to this introductory fluid course. We will start from the very basic aspects such as static fluid mechanics to the more complicated level like compressible flows and shock waves which are critical in aerodynamic calculations and designs. By successful completion of AAE 371, you are academically prepared to taking advanced cousres in this field.

I will put up on this page all related materials including lecture slids, handouts, homework, tests and solutions so that students could conveniently arrange their study in fluid mechanics.

General Information


Monday/Wednesday 2:00-3:50 pm D206

Office hours:

Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm C211


Yang Yang









Course Texts


B. R.Munson, D. F. Young and T H. Okiishi, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 0-471-44250-X


J. D. Anderson, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill Companies, 2001

E. L. Houghton and P. W. Carpenterand, Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, 5th edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003

Course Description

Fundamentals of aerodynamics such as dimensional analysis, fluid statics, ideal flows, and Bernoulli's equation will be covered. Applications of fluid dynamics principles to flows over airfoils and boundary layers will also be introduced. 4 credits

Grading Policy

Your final grade will be determined by a weighted formula consisting of your homework assignment, pop quiz, test and final exam. Course grade = 10%(Homework assignments) + 10%(pop quizzes) + 40%(two mid-term tests) + 40%(final exam); for example if one student earned 525/700(i.e. 525 points out of possible total 700 points)for the homework, 33/50 for the pop quizzes, 174/200 for the two mid-terms and 85/100 for the final then this student's final course grade will be calculated as follows:

[0.1X(525/700)+0.1X(33/50)+0.4X(174/200)+0.4X(85/100)]X100=82.9=83(numerical grade will be rounded up if the first decimal digit is larger than 5)

Tentative letter grade scale is A[90,100); BA[85, 90); B[80, 85); CB[75, 80); C[70, 75); DC[65, 70); D[60, 65); F[0, 60).

About Homework

I've noticed from last year's teaching that many students didn't spend enough time on homework by turning in illegible or obviously premature solutions. Homework is an important method for student solidly understanding and grasping principles of fluid mechanics and also an ideal media for the instructor assessing the teaching effectiveness. I strongly suggest every one treat homework assignments seriously. Discussion of general idea is encouraged but should not be extended to every detail such as comparisons of data; homework problems will be assigned normally every wednesday and due on the next wednesday; homework problems will be collected at the beginning of every wednesday's lecture; no late homework will be accepted except for emergency; one problem per sheet and make it readable.

University Policy

You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 271~272)[Graduate(pp. 24~26)] Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity.  These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse.  If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.  You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s).  If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing.  You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.