Lectures in Aerospace Engineering

The following lecture examples will give you a chance to see the format of the Aerospace Engineering courses offered by the University of Illinois Engineering Online program. These courses contain streaming video lectures with synchronized slides.

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AE 402: Orbital Mechanics

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  • Instructor: Bruce Conway
  • Course Description: Analysis of orbits in an inverse-square gravitational field; elementary rocket dynamics, impulsive orbit transfer and rendezvous, and Lambert's Theorem with applications; patched-conic trajectories, planetary gravity-assist maneuvers, and linearized orbit theory with application to simplified analytical models; perturbations are covered in this course.
  • Prerequisites: A course in Aerospace Flight Mechanics (AE 202).

AE 419: Aircraft Flight Mechanics

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  • Instructor:  Francesco Panerai
  • Course Description: Steady and quasi-steady aircraft flight performance; take-off and landing, climbing and diving, cruise, level turn, and energy methods; longitudinal, directional, and lateral static stability and control; and longitudinal and lateral motion and dynamic stability are covered in this course.
  • Prerequisites: BS degree in engineering or science from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad and a course in Aerospace Flight Mechanics (AE 202) and Aerospace Control Systems (AE 353).

AE 420/ME 471: Finite Element Analysis

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  • Instructor: Kai James
  • Course Description: This course covers the finite element method and its application to engineering problems: truss and frame structures, heat conduction, and linear elasticity; use of application software; overview of advanced topics such as structural dynamics, fluid flow, and nonlinear structural analysis.
  • Prerequisites: Basic course in computing with application to engineering and undergraduate course in mechanical design.

AE 542: Aerospace Syst Engineering I

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  • Instructor: Jason Merret
  • Course Description: Aerospace systems engineering principles; processes and practices for the definition of spacecraft, aircraft, launch and associated system;, and the application of the systems approach across the development life cycle are covered in this course.
  • Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree and a course in Aerospace Systems Design I (AE 442), Aerospace Systems Design II (AE 443), Computer Organization & Design (ECE 411), or Design of Structural Systems (CEE 465).