Uncle Walter's Guide to Aero/Astro Spring 1997 Top Introduction Credits Comments Course Ratings Instructor Ratings Exams & Problem Sets

16.110 Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics

Lecturer: Prof. Drela
Pre/co requisites: 16.100 Hours From Bulletin: 3-1-8
Response Rate: 15/16 (93.8%) Actual Hours: 3.0-0.7-6.4

Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 4.9 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 6.4 / 7.0
Prof. Drela (L) 6.2 / 7.0

Professor Drela's presentation of the subject was described as very clear by the majority of the class. Students also noted that Prof. Drela was very knowledgeable, as one student said, "[instructor] knew every answer to any question." Prof. Drela was also praised for his availability outside of lecture and his "excellent blackboard technique." The only complaint some students had was that at times the pace was a bit fast and some of the details were glossed over or hard to follow.

Students' impressions of the class ranged from "good" to "excellent". A few students noted that the pace could be slowed down a bit to allow either more in-depth coverage of certain topics or more detailed explanations. One student suggested adding a recap at the end of each unit. Problem sets were "always graded promptly", according to one student and most students seemed satisfied with the feedback they received on assignments.

The majority of the students thought that a good background in fluid dynamics and some math were helpful for doing well in the class. A couple students complained that the recommended texts did not follow too closely the lecture material. Overall, the students seemed to enjoy this class and to have learned a good deal.

It is fast-paced and covers quite a bit of ground, but if you can keep up you'll learn a lot.

Very interesting. Deserves further study . . .

I think I learned the most in this class than in any other class since unified.


Course ratings

Subject
was graded fairly: 6.5 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 6.5 / 7.0
was well-administered: 6.5 / 7.0
had accessible lab facilities: 6.4 / 7.0

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. Drela
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 6.6 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 6.2 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 6.3 / 7.0
Enunciates clearly: 6.6 / 7.0
Encourages questions, is sensitive to class: 5.7 / 7.0
Excites interest and is enthusiastic: 6.4 / 7.0
Is friendly and supportive: 5.8 / 7.0
Is available outside of class: 6.6 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets, and projects


Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams 6.3 / 7.0 4.1 / 7.0 3.9 / 7.0 4.4 / 7.0
Exam reviews 5.4 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 3.8 / 7.0 4.3 / 7.0
Problem sets 6.3 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.1 / 7.0 4.4 / 7.0
Papers / Projects 4.8 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 3.5 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy 5.3 / 7.0
Length 4.1 / 7.0
Interesting? 4.8 / 7.0
Difficulty 4.6 / 7.0