Fixed-Wing Design is a two-part course usually taken by graduate students during their first year. The class has two primary aims:
- To make sure students, especially those who did not study aerospace engineering as undergraduates, have a decent grasp of fundamental aerodynamic principles and techniques; and
- To give students valuable experience in some of the lab's common methods, tools, and approaches, such as general literature searches and ModelCenter via a year-long group project known as a Grand Challenge project.
A common side-effect of the class is to teach the student a great deal more about the finer points of the Microsoft Office program suite than he or she ever expected to know.
Things You Should KnowEdit
One of the course assignments this year is to, as a class, answer a set of questions commonly known as the "Things You Should Know Before You Graduate". In order to cover as many of the questions in detail as possible, each student will take one question and answer it both completely and succinctly. Several pages here are provided as resources for this assignment.
- Things You Should Know Assignment - A wikified reproduction of the assignment sheet.
- Things You Should Know - The list of questions as assigned.
- Wiki Editing Tutorial - To help learn the basics of editing the wiki.
- Stall Fences - An example of an article of appropriate length and content.
Journal papers are traditionally peer-reviewed. Wiki articles are peer-reviewed to an even greater extent. The assignment here will also be peer-reviewed.