More than one century after the Wright brothers' first flight, the flight still defy our intuition. You will learn here how to name the different parts of the airplane and how to describe and quantify its geometry. For that, we need now to share a precise vocabulary to describe the airplane's movement and attitude in space, and a refresher on basic general mechanic principles. You will remind how Newton's 2nd law allows you to determine what force must be applied on an apple - or on an airplane, to modify the magnitude and direction of its speed. Coming back on the concepts of kinetic energy and potential energy, you will discover the very useful concept of total height and you will be able to explain how an airplane can quickly exchange speed for altitude, while changes in total height are much slower.
This course is part of the Fundamentals of Flight mechanics Specialization
About this Course
What you will learn
Use precise and appropriate words to describe an airplane and its motion in the air.
Apply Newton's law to compute the evolution of the trajectory of an airplane, based on the aerodynamic forces acting on it.
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Anatomy of the plane
Vocabulary and Tools
Basis of flight mechanics
Graded assessment for the course
- 5 stars74.79%
- 4 stars19.42%
- 3 stars2.47%
- 2 stars1.23%
- 1 star2.06%
TOP REVIEWS FROM FLIGHT MECHANICS - THE BASIS
I am glad I took this course, it was worthwhile and I learned more than I had expected.
Thank you to the team that compiled this course and to anyone interested I would highly recommend taking it.
The level of knowledge given in this crisp course is very good. I got to learn a lot of new things related to flying and terminologies and the physics behind airplanes. I am glad I took this course.
i am super happy with my achievement. i would love to say a big thank you to coursera for providing this platform for learning
This was an excellent introduction into Flight Mechanics. Eric's video's are great and really helps to understand the concepts explained.
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