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Course Details

Course Code: SPST615 Course ID: 4032 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course introduces the student to core concepts of aerodynamics, including fundamentals of inviscid, incompressible flow; compressible flow; shock waves/properties; compressible flow through nozzles, diffusers, and wind tunnels; subsonic compressible flow over airfoils; linear theory; elements of hypersonic flow, and boundary layers. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND CALCULUS I BEFORE TAKING THIS COURSE.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Describe the concepts and applications of aerodynamics
  • CO-2: Apply critical thinking skill to the analysis of aerodynamic theory
  • CO-3: Apply aerodynamic theory and equations to real-world scenarios
  • CO-4: Evaluate aerodynamic issues associated with subsonic, transonic and supersonic flight
  • CO-5: Judge aerodynamic effectiveness of various aeronautical designs
  • CO-6: Demonstrate graduate-level critical thinking and writing

Grades for this course will be based upon four grading instruments. You must complete all assigned tasks in order to pass the course.

Forums/Class Participation

24 percent of your course grade is earned through participation in the Forum area of the classroom and interaction with your classmates. Your knowledge of assigned readings will be reflected in your ability to actively participate and discuss key course concepts. Postings will occur every week throughout the course. Your initial response to each forum must be at least 250 words and be well written. In addition, you must comment substantively on two other student postings to receive full credit for the forum.

Short Paper

There is a short paper that provides an analysis of a given reading and represent 6 percent of your overall course grade. Each should be approximately 5 - 6 pages (3 full pages of narrative) summarizing what the points noted in the assignment details and your supporting argument or rationale. The paper expands on your readings and shows a better understanding of the topics. Details are provided in the Assignments Tab.

Homework Assignments

Homework assignments make up 30 percent of your overall course grade. Questions will require you to have previously read the chapter(s) assigned in order to comprehend and correctly respond. Each homework assignment will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom at the end of the Week listed in the Course Outline. Be sure to review the examples provided in the book before working on your homework problems! Details are provided in the Assignments Tab.


There are 3 non-cumulative quizzes throughout the term. All Quizzes are open book/open note. The Quizzes make up 24 percent of your overall course grade and will test your understanding of aerodynamic concepts and theory covered during segments of the course. The Quizzes have 10 multiple choice questions each. You will have 2 hours to complete each Quiz.

Final Exam

The Final Exam is an open book/open note, comprehensive exam. The exams are worth a total of 16 percent of your overall course grade and will test your knowledge of the terms and concepts covered during the course. The exams consist of 25 multiple choice questions. You will have 24 hours to complete each exam once first accessed. You can leave and return, but only submit one time.

All assignments in this course are given to you prior to the due date. The “due date” for all assignments is the week in which the assignment is due. For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday–Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the semester and ends on midnight (your local time) the following Sunday.

During this course, we can maintain contact in several ways. The best will be through the classroom messaging system; next will be email; last will be phone. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mind phone calls, however most questions are best answered in writing so that the information can be referred to again in the future.

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Fundamentals of Aerodynamics 6th ed.
Publication Info:McGraw Hill
Author:John Anderson
Unit Cost:$263.93
Electronic ISBN:1260668029
Electronic Unit Cost:$114.48

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.