Uncle Walter's Guide to Aero/Astro Fall 1997 Index Introduction Credits Statistics Comments Course Ratings Instructor Ratings Exams & Problem Sets
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16.13 Aerodynamics of Viscous Fluids

Lecturer: Prof. Drela
Pre/ co requisites: 16.110, 16.121, or 16.122 Hours From Bulletin: 3-0-9
Response Rate: 12/13 (92.3%) Actual Hours: 3-0-8.9

Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 5.0 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 5.9 / 7.0
Prof. Drela (L) 5.8 / 7.0

Several of the students described 16.13 as an "excellent class", being clear, interesting, and well taught. One student specifically commented that "Prof. Drela gives much insight on application as materials" and really taught "viscous phenomena." The consensus was that the pace was slightly fast, with two suggestions to add more time for the more interesting effects taught later in the course. Also, one student mentioned that the material felt a little "abstract" and that some of the theory was "hard to grasp." Both the problem sets and lectures were frequently mentioned as being vital to understanding the material, with one student mentioning that "a required text would be helpful." As background for the class, most of the students mentioned having a good feel for fluid dynamics, with emphasis on Navier-Stokes equations and boundary layers.

Prof. Drela received commendable remarks from several students, who mentioned his "nice lecture style" and "clear, concise comments." Two people commented that the professor moved a little too fast and assumed that the class was following along. Outlines were given prior to each lecture, which was seen as being helpful by a couple students.

Several students remarked that fluids textbooks were indispendable to understanding. The problem sets were thought to be "relevant", while adding a good "practical feel" to the course. For class improvement, several suggestions were made, including eliminating some of the introduction material and using more "real-world" examples. Overall, the class was seen to be very valuable and a great foundation for working with fluid boundary layers.

Course ratings

was graded fairly: 6.3 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 6.3 / 7.0
was well-administered: 5.9 / 7.0
had accessible lab facilities: N/A

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. Drela
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 6.3 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 5.9 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 5.6 / 7.0
Enunciates clearly: 5.8 / 7.0
Encourages questions, is sensitive to class: 5.5 / 7.0
Excites interest and is enthusiastic: 5.6 / 7.0
Is friendly and supportive: 5.8 / 7.0
Is available outside of class: 6.0 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets and projects

Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams N/A N/A N/A N/A
Exam reviews N/A N/A N/A N/A
Problem sets 6.7 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 3.9 / 7.0 4.3 / 7.0
Papers / Projects N/A N/A N/A N/A

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy 6.2 / 7.0
Length 4.0 / 7.0
Interesting? 4.3 / 7.0
Difficulty N/A

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