Aerospace Dynamics

A diagram of a gyroscope including notations for calculating measurements.

A gyroscope, adapted from Lecture 14. (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Spring 2003



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This undergraduate course builds upon the dynamics content of Unified Engineering, a sophomore course taught in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Vector kinematics are applied to translation and rotation of rigid bodies. Newtonian and Lagrangian methods are used to formulate and solve equations of motion. Additional numerical methods are presented for solving rigid body dynamics problems. Examples and problems describe applications to aircraft flight dynamics and spacecraft attitude dynamics.

John Deyst, and Jonathan How. 16.61 Aerospace Dynamics, Spring 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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