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General Bulletin 2004-2006

Courses of Instruction

AERONAUTICS (AER-Arts and Science; Department of Physics)

Note: Flight training is available at the Miami University Airport as supplementary training for any Miami student. Information concerning the flight program may be obtained from the Aeronautics Program of the Department of Physics.

MPF, MPT 101 Introduction to Aeronautics (3)

Introduction to application of basic physical principles—conservation of mass, momentum, and energy—to aeronautics. Provides opportunity to improve mathematical and analytical thinking skills by solution of problems in many areas, including aerodynamics, jet propulsion, and aircraft performance. At the end of the course students will have a scientifically based understanding of why aircraft look and perform as they do. Suitable for students with or without technical background; only basic algebraic skills needed. IVB. CAS-D.

MPF 118 Introduction to Atmospheric Science (3)

Introductory survey of a broad range of atmospheric phenomena with emphasis on how they can affect our lives and mankind's impact on a changing atmospheric environment. Quantitative, illustrative, and mostly non-mathematical approach to processes that pertain to such topics as composition of the atmosphere, global climate, large-scale weather systems and the nature of violent storms. Develops skills in the areas of problem solving (using charts instead of equations) and elementary weather forecasting. Cross-listed with PHY 118. IVB. CAS-D.

121 Flight Fundamentals (3)

Basic physical principles and operating concepts of powered flight. Designed for students in flight training.

130 Flight Training (1-3; maximum 8)

Flight training leading to FAA certification in the private, commercial, and instrument areas. Credit registration is based on one credit per 12.5 hours of flight training program. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

Advanced Courses

221 Advanced Flight Fundamentals (2)

Application of basic meteorological, navigational, aerodynamic, and air traffic control principles and requirements to aircraft operation. Open only to advanced flight students. Prerequisite: AER 121.

253 Basic Meteorology Laboratory (1)

Basic experiments dealing with atmospheric concepts, measurements, interpretation and basic analysis of weather data. Prerequisite: AER/PHY 118 or concurrent registration.

MPT 321 Aerodynamics (3)

Study of the basic concepts of external and internal air flows. Solutions of external flows allow predictions of lift and drag forces on aircraft and automobiles, as well as wind forces on buildings. Solutions of internal flows are directed toward the design of subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels. Special topics of current innovative aerodynamic applications are also covered. Prerequisite: AER 101 and MTH 151 or permission of instructor.

MPT 422 Jet Propulsion (3)

Study of the application of the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics to predict and understand the performance of jet engines and rockets. Jet engines studied include: ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, and turboprops. Topics of current innovative propulsive applications are also covered. Prerequisite: AER 321 or permission of instructor.

480 Departmental Honors (1-6; maximum 6)

May be taken for a minimum of 4 credit hours and a maximum total of 6 credit hours, in one or more semesters of your senior year.

 


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