AA 100: Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics
The principles of fluid flow, flight, and propulsion; the creation of lift and drag, aerodynamic performance including takeoff, climb, range, and landing performance, structural concepts, propulsion systems, trajectories, and orbits. The history of aeronautics and astronautics. Prerequisites:
MATH 41, 42; elementary physics.
Terms: Aut

Units: 3

UG Reqs: GER:DBEngrAppSci, WAYAQR, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Pavone, M. (PI)
AA 115N: The Global Positioning System: Where on Earth are We, and What Time is It?
Preference to freshmen. Why people want to know where they are: answers include crossPacific trips of Polynesians, missile guidance, and distraught callers. How people determine where they are: navigation technology from deadreckoning, sextants, and satellite navigation (GPS). Handson experience. How GPS works; when it does not work; possibilities for improving performance.
Terms: not given this year

Units: 3

UG Reqs: GER:DBEngrAppSci

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
AA 116Q: Electric Automobiles and Aircraft
Transportation accounts for nearly onethird of American energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and threequarters of American oil consumption. It has crucial impacts on climate change, air pollution, resource depletion, and national security. Students wishing to address these issues reconsider how we move, finding sustainable transportation solutions. An introduction to the issue, covering the past and present of transportation and its impacts; examining alternative fuel proposals; and digging deeper into the most promising option: battery electric vehicles. Energy requirements of air, ground, and maritime transportation; design of electric motors, power control systems, drive trains, and batteries; and technologies for generating renewable energy. Two opportunities for handson experiences with electric cars. Prerequisites: Introduction to calculus and Physics AP or elementary mechanics.
Terms: Aut

Units: 3

UG Reqs: GER:DBEngrAppSci, WAYAQR, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Enge, P. (PI)
AA 200: Applied Aerodynamics
Analytical and numerical techniques for the aerodynamic analysis of aircraft, focusing on airfoil theory, finite wing theory, farfield and Trefftzplane analysis, twodimensional laminar and turbulent boundary layers in airfoil analysis, laminartoturbulent transition, compressibility effects, and similarity rules. Biweekly assignments require MATLAB or a suitable programming language. Prerequisite: undergraduate courses in basic fluid mechanics and applied aerodynamics,
AA 210A.
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Cantwell, B. (PI)
AA 214B: Numerical Methods for Compressible Flows
For M.S.level graduate students. Covers the hierarchy of mathematical models for compressible flows. Introduction to finite difference, finite volume, and finite element methods for their computation. Ideal potential flow; transonic potential flow; Euler equations; NavierStokes equations; representative model problems; shocks, expansions, and contact discontinuities; treatment of boundary conditions; time and pseudotime integration schemes. Prerequisites: basic knowledge of linear algebra and ODEs (
CME 206 or equivalent).
Terms: Win

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Farhat, C. (PI)
AA 222: Introduction to Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Design of aerospace systems within a formal optimization environment. Mathematical formulation of the multidisciplinary design problem (parameterization of design space, choice of objective functions, constraint definition); survey of algorithms for unconstrained and constrained optimization and optimality conditions; description of sensitivity analysis techniques. Hierarchical techniques for decomposition of the multidisciplinary design problem; use of approximation theory. Applications to design problems in aircraft and launch vehicle design. Prerequisites: multivariable calculus; familiarity with a highlevel programming language: FORTRAN, C, C++, MATLAB, Python, or Julia.
Terms: Spr

Units: 34

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Kochenderfer, M. (PI)
AA 240B: Analysis of Structures
Thin plate analysis. Structural stability. Material behavior: plasticity and fracture. Introduction of finite element analysis; truss, frame, and plate structures. Prerequisite: 240A or consent of instructor.
Terms: Win

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Chang, F. (PI)
AA 242A: Classical Dynamics
Accelerating and rotating reference frames. Kinematics of rigid body motion; Euler angles, direction cosines. D'Alembert's principle, equations of motion. Inertia properties of rigid bodies. Dynamics of coupled rigid bodies. Lagrange's equations and their use. Dynamic behavior, stability, and small departures from equilibrium. Prerequisite:
ENGR 15 or equivalent.
Terms: Aut

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Close, S. (PI)
AA 256: Mechanics of Composites
Fiber reinforced composites. Stress, strain, and strength of composite laminates and honeycomb structures. Failure modes and failure criteria. Environmental effects. Manufacturing processes. Design of composite structures. Individual design project required of each student, resulting in a usable computer software. Prerequisite:
ENGR 14 or equivalent.
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Chang, F. (PI)
AA 270: Distributed Space Systems
Keplerian orbital mechanics and orbital perturbations; the general relative motion problem; linear formation flying dynamics and control; impulsive stationkeeping and reconfiguration; high order relative motion equations; formulation of relative motion using orbital elements; perturbationinvariant formations; nonlinear formation control; lowthrust propulsion for formation flying; relative navigation using GNSS and optical navigation; applications: sparseaperture imaging, remote sensing, onorbit servicing, rendezvous, and docking. Prerequisite:
AA 242A,
ENGR 105,
AA 279A, and familiarity with MatLab.
Terms: Aut

Units: 3

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
D'Amico, S. (PI)
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