Engineering for the Space Enthusiast
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
Have you ever looked at an airplane and wanted to know how it works? Do the words; rocket, space, and satellite excite your imagination? Have you even wanted to know how NASA and other space agencies get probes and satellites to orbit their final destination millions of miles away? Or how an airplane can travel three times the speed of sound? If these questions stimulate you, then possibly a career in aeronautics, aerospace, or astrodynamics is in your future.
This course will provide an opportunity to answer these "aero/astro" questions. Students will acquire important educational information necessary to understand what it takes to be an engineering student in today's environment and how a Brown engineering degree can promote the field of aeronautics. It will also show how receiving an aero and fluid dynamic background can be one of the most multidisciplinary careers-from biomedical engineering to nanotechnology.
Throughout this course students will learn the history of aeronautics and a brief overview of space through hands-on experiments and computer work. An overview of aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, and rocket propulsion will be provided from an engineering perspective, focusing on understanding key concepts in physics and chemistry without complicated mathematics. Students will be taught satellite trajectories and building technique, such as different earth orbits and why they are used and who can use them. The course will inform the student of how all disciplines of engineering (electrical, mechanical, and solid mechanics) can promote the growth of aerospace and/or aeronautical concepts. The course will feature lectures and discussions as well as hands-on experiments. There will be take-home projects and laboratory tours culminating in a final presentation and paper.
Prerequisites: High school science (chemistry and physics) may be helpful but not required. Also, a strong background in algebra will be important throughout the course. The best pre-requisite may be a deep and genuine desire to know. There will be no required text for this course. The presentation will be prepared using a variety of sources from different disciplines and the students will read from feature articles in appropriately selected science magazines.
Students are encouraged to bring a calculator with trigonometry functions and a lap-top computer with Excel installed.
*Please note: This course has a Material Fee of $50.00.