AerodynamicsAerodynamics is the study of the flow of gases around solid objects of various shapes. Once the flow pattern is understood then it becomes possible to calculate or approximate the forces and moments acting on the body. It is this mathematical analysis and empirical approximation that becomes the scientific basis for heavier-than-air flight.
Topics to cover:
- history of aerodynamics (refer to Sir George Cayley)
- the four common forces: lift, drag, thrust, weight
- compressible flow dynamics
- incompressible flow dynamics
- transonic aerodynamics
- supersonic aerodynamics
- hypersonic dynamics
- automotive aerodynamics
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