Lesson 1 on Aeronautical Engineering: INTRODUCTION (October 31 – November 1)

Please read the background information, and then proceed with the  the numbered  questions contained below.

Feel free to collaborate with up to two other students.  However, each student should submit an individual handwritten (NOT typed) paper.  That is, do not submit multiple names on the same page(s).

Cite all sources in brackets, [  ], after your responses.  If you use the sources listed below under “Suggested Reading,” feel free to use the  CAPITAL letter which precedes that source.

Objectives: (1) To introduce students to the topic of aeronautical engineering;. (2) To practice collaborative learning;1  (3) To improve research skills–seeking appropriate sources for citation; (4) To improve writing skills in order to clearly express ideas. Neatness counts.


DEFINITION:   Aeronautical engineering represents the branch of engineering that deals with the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft. The field also covers investigation into aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft, including behaviors and related factors such as airfoil, control surfaces, lift and drag.

Suggested Reading.  You do not have to read all of these sources to complete this assignment.  However, you may want to skim them, as most of the information you will be seeking is contained on these websites:


Glossary.  Please provide definitions for the following key terms.   Obviously, some of these terms have more common meanings. However, please provide the definition that has to do with aerodynamics, flight, and/or aeronautical engineering.

Four Forces That Affect Things That Fly:

1. Weight
2. Lift
3. Thrust
4. Drag

Other terms:

5. Bernoulli’s Principle
6. Fluid
7. Force
8. Airfoil
9. Gliding
10. Dihedral angle
11. Trim
12. Flaps
13. Aerodynamics
14. angle of attack

Flight movements

15. Roll
16. Pitch
17. Yaw

Short Answers:

18.  Explain the difference between “aerospace engineering” and “aeronautical engineering?”

19.  What types of classes (example:  Math) should you take in high school and college in order to prepare for a career in aeronautical engineering?

20.  What is the current demand for aeronautical engineers?  How much money do they typically earn in a year?


  1. Collaborative learning is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of students working together to solve a problem, complete a task, or create a product. According to Gerlach, “Collaborative learning is based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselves (Gerlach, 1994). It is through the talk that learning occurs.” Source: Collaborative Learning website, http://archive.wceruw.org/cl1/cl/moreinfo/MI2A.htm