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Aerospace Engineering (AE)

Course Number: 80876
Subject: Manufacturing, Engineering & Techonology
Major/Program of Study: PLTW Engineering
Course Length: 5 periods/week/semester
Credit: 1 credit (CTE credit)
Dual Enrollment: No
AP Designation: No

This course introduces students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering. Students in this course will apply scientific and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend systems in different environments. Students are expected to: Research and apply the history of flight and identify the major components of airplanes; demonstrate the principles of aerodynamics; explain fundamental theories of flight systems; apply Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, the ideas associated with the design of rocket engines and how the creation of an action results in thrust that enables rockets to move; investigate space life sciences; design and videotape experiments that create a positive g-force; design composite (layered) plastic test samples using engineering composite materials; design and implement laboratory testing to measure the stiffness of composite materials and designs; and research types of intelligent vehicles and learn basic aspects of designing, building, and programming an intelligent vehicle. Prerequisites and other notes: IED (80872), POE (80871), DE (80874). Recommended for Grades 11 and 12. Completer course for this major.