Free MIT Aerodynamics Courses (Start 9 Sept 2013)

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  1. Leo Lazauskas
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    Mystified by the science behind those bizarre America's Cup boats?
    Here are some free high quality online courses that might help...

    Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics
    https://www.edx.org/course/mit/16-110x/flight-vehicle-aerodynamics/871

    Presented by MIT Prof. Mark Drela (who is most famous for posting on boatdesign.net.)

    Discover the concepts, theories, models, and methods used in the
    aerodynamic analysis and design of modern aircraft.

    Also...

    Introduction to Aerodynamics
    https://www.edx.org/course/mit/16-101x/introduction-aerodynamics/890
     
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    sele High School Student

    Are these helpful for boat design too?!
     
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    yipster designer

    Thanks Leo, put it in the agenda and try not to mis the presentations
     
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    Yes. For example, you will be able to apply some of the lessons to sails, fins
    and rudders, and to the lifting surfaces of foilers.
    It might be a bit tough for high school students. (The MIT Intro to Biology course that finished recently was tough going, well beyond high school level).

    Both courses will require about 12 hours per week each in terms of watching lectures
    and doing assignments. That might be a bit too much on top of your school
    commitments.
     
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    As I have said, some of these courses can be quite demanding, but you
    should give them a try and remember that there is no cost to "dropping out".

    The quality of the universities participating in these free courses is quite
    staggering. And the possible benefits to developing nations having access to
    that standard is enormous.

    There is a great story about a Mongolian teacher who guided her class
    through a course on Artificial Intelligence. After the exams, one of the
    lecturers said that he couldn't stress how tough the exam was, and he was
    extremely surprised that one of the students nearly aced it. The young
    Mongolian "prodigy" was offered a place at MIT.
     
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    No I mean like even if one studies aerospace he could find himself dealing with boats.
     
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    Is this course a frequently returning event? Sounds very interesting indeed.
     
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    Thanks for the info, Leo. Aero and hydrodynamics share many things in common, so the course will certainly be useful for people involved in boat design too.
     
  9. Leo Lazauskas
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    I'm not sure. The whole thing is very new, only about 3 years old at most.
    The MIT Intro to Biology class my wife tried is being repeated after
    6 months.
    (It was brilliant and taught by the Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the
    Human Genome project. The course is the same as the one taken by all MIT
    engineering students)

    The best three collections of courses are.
    Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/courses
    EdX: https://www.edx.org/course-list/allschools/allsubjects/allcourses
    and
    Udacity, which is more Maths and Computing oriented:
    https://www.udacity.com/?utm_expid=55211281-1.iRgFPz8LSRyJfApyQiAx1g.0

    There is something for everyone there, from cooking to Classics, and
    Aerodynamics to Zoology. :)
     
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    Of course. And maths is the great unifying concept!
     
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    best thing in aerodynamics i try'd so far -after probing other more complicated trials- is Autodesk falcon
    witch preview will operate until August 30, 2013 http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/falcon

    falcon is easy installed and to start with. i've been trying falcon out, not to any commercial extend
    and answered a questionaire, suggested waterdrag and even lift and a free or low cost price when purchasing

    only now i see autodesk technology already is asociated with MIT and when asked frendly
    Autodesk may perhaps extend the Falcon trial again to be used with the MIT courses..
     

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    I would not try the course seriously yet because you do not have a sufficient
    grasp of calculus and differential equations. Wait until after you finish your final
    year of high school maths.
    By "seriously" I mean doing the tests and taking the exams. You might enjoy
    seeing how the concepts are developed.
     
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    I don't think of taking such classes before graduating but what I wanted to say was that I am surprised by the fact that aerospace and naval engineering fields may have common study fields like one who studies Aero may work on a field asseciated with boat building.Am I correct?
     

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    Hydrodynamics and aerodynamics have a great deal in common. The major differences are aerodynamics does not include free surface waves, and hydrodynamics does not include very high speed with shock waves.

    There are a number of other areas where aerospace engineering and naval architecture have a great deal in common including controls, dynamics and structures.

    It is very possible to study aerospace engineering and then work in boat and ship building and design.
     
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