MITx AeroAstro Introduction to Aerodynamics

July 16, 2013

Thousands sign on for AeroAstro MITx course.

The MITx AeroAstro Introduction to Aerodynamics course (16.101x) has attracted more than 11,000 people around the world to give it a try. This online basic aerospace course studies  the flow of air about a body. In this course, that body will be an airplane, but much of the aerodynamics covered is relevant to a wide variety of applications -- from sailboats to automobiles to birds. Students completing 16.101x gain a conceptual understanding of aerodynamic models used to predict the forces on and performance of aircraft.

Topics covered are relevant to the aerodynamic performance of wings and bodies in subsonic, transonic, and supersonic regimes. Specifically, we address subsonic potential flows, including source/vortex panel methods; viscous flows, including laminar and turbulent boundary layers; aerodynamics of airfoils and wings, including thin airfoil theory, lifting line theory, and panel method/interacting boundary layer methods; and supersonic airfoil theory.