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16.01-04 Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IV, Fall 2003 - Spring 2004

An abstracted aircraft wing with illustrated systems.
An abstracted aircraft wing with illustrated systems. (Image courtesy of OCW.)

Highlights of this Course

This course site features materials from Unified Engineering which comprise more than four times the volume of a typical one-semester MIT course. The seven disciplines covered in this site, along with the course's organization and pedagogy, are explained in the detailed syllabus. This site also features videos, including a course introduction, lecture samples, and a documentary of the Spring semester project. Samples of active learning techniques employed by the course faculty are also included.

» Watch video introductions featuring some of the course instructors.
Prof. Ian Waitz (RM - 56K) (RM - 80K) (RM - 220K
Prof. Charles Coleman (RM - 56K) (RM - 80K) (RM - 220K)

Course Description

The basic objective of Unified Engineering is to give a solid understanding of the fundamental disciplines of aerospace engineering, as well as their interrelationships and applications. These disciplines are Materials and Structures (M); Computers and Programming (C); Fluid Mechanics (F); Thermodynamics (T); Propulsion (P); and Signals and Systems (S). In choosing to teach these subjects in a unified manner, the instructors seek to explain the common intellectual threads in these disciplines, as well as their combined application to solve engineering Systems Problems (SP). Throughout the year, the instructors emphasize the connections among the disciplines.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. Any number of software tools can be used to import the .dat files found on this course site. The .exe files found on this course site are executable programs. File decompression software, such as Winzip® or StuffIt®, is required to open the .zip files found on this course site. RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.



Prof. Steven Hall
Prof. Charles Coleman
Prof. Mark Drela
Prof. Kristina Lundqvist
Prof. Mark Spearing
Prof. Ian Waitz
Col. Peter Young

Course Meeting Times

Nine sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session




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