http://web.mit.edu/16.00/ (you need MIT certificates to access much of the
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The fundamental concepts and approaches of aerospace engineering and design
are highlighted through lectures on aeronautics, astronautics, and design.
Student teams are immersed in a hands-on, lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicle design
project where they design, build, and fly radio-controlled LTA vehicles. The
connections between theory and practice are realized in the LTA vehicle project.
Required design reviews precede the LTA race competition. The performance,
weight, and principal characteristics of the LTA vehicles are estimated and
illustrated using physics, mathematics, and chemistry known to freshmen, the
emphasis being on the application of this knowledge to aerospace engineering
and design rather than on exposure to new science and mathematics.
Dava Newman, Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, McGraw-Hill,
The text is required for the course. Assignments will come from the
assigned textbook as well as from reference material. A copy of the textbook
is on reserve in the Aero/Astro library, 33-111 (Eileen, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or phone (x3-5666)). Extensive use of the 16.00 Web site (http://web.mit.edu/16.00)
is made and ALL READINGS are required previous to topical lectures.
A CD-ROM containing course multimedia materials accompanies the textbook and
will be used throughout the semester.
Class Participation:Your questions and comments are extremely valuable.
Since the lecture material is available ahead of time from the textbook and
on the Web, there will be more time in lecture to discuss (in seminar style)
the material rather than spending the entire 90 minutes copying the lecture
notes from a blackboard. Discussions during class time are highly encouraged
to fill gaps in the lecture material, to guide the pace of the class, and
for you to inquire about the meaning, relevance, and importance of lecture
Portfolio: Students are required to compile a portfolio containing
notes, brainstorming ideas, concepts, sketches and final designs. This comprehensive
notebook, or Personal Design Portfolio (PDP), is due toward the end of the
term (See syllabus). A recommended template is provided for developing your
PDP (See CD-ROM). The intent is to promote good note taking habits as an aid
to understanding the material, to put your creativity down on paper and the
computer, to help me assess what you are picking up in the lectures, and to
grade your individual contributions to your design teams. In sum, the PDP
presents a concise snapshot of what you learn throughout the entire semester
and emphasizes your individual contribitions.
Problem Sets: All assignments are given on the syllabus homepage. Homework
assignments include traditional problems, thought problems, design problems
and Web-based presentations (preliminary design review, PDR, and critical
design review, CDR).
Lighter-th an-Air (LTA) Vehicle Design Project: Teams of ~5-6 students
each design, build, and race a remote controlled, lighter-than-air vehicle.
The teams compete in their ability to carry the largest payload around
a specified course in the minimum amount of time. The designs are judged
on their equivalent mass/time. LTA vehicles are also judged in the
categories of most reliable and most aesthetic designs. All
designs are constrained to have a gross mass of less than 1.75 kg. A project
kit is provided consisting of radio control equipment, batteries, balloons,
electric motors, and construction materials.
Performance will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, reading
summaries, problem sets, personal design portfolio submissions, and the LTA
vehicle design project. There will be no tests or final exam. The final grade
for the course will be calculated approximately as follows:
Problem Set Solutions:
Solutions will be posted one week after problem sets are due.
Prof. Newman will generally be available Mondays from 1:00-2:00 PM. For other
times, please make an appointment. Lab hours during the second half of the
semester during the LTA vehicle project will be posted.
There will be occasional handouts in lectures. It is expected that regular
attendance in lecture will offer the opportunity to pick up these handouts.
Should you miss a handout, extra copies will be available in 33-309.
A Note on Submission of Work
The manner in which you present your work can be just as important (and in
some cases more so) than the final answer. Be sure to delineate each step
along the way. Show a clear and logical approach to your solution. That makes
your problem sets a better reference to you and easier for us to give you
partial credit (if so deserving).