AVIT 421 01: Advanced Aerodynamics

AVIT 421 - Advanced Aerodynamics

2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 1280

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

TR 8am-9:15am in UND Robin Hall, Rm 246

Instructor Information

Jason Evans

About the Professor

Course Description

Beginning with a brief review of low speed aerodynamics, the course provides a study of the terminology and aerodynamics fundamentals associated with transonic and supersonic flight.

Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to develop a working understanding of the physical laws and their applications to the aerodynamics of performance, stability, and control of Commercial-Grade fixed wing aircraft.

Course Materials

Fly the Wing [ISBN # 9781619541887]
Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators [ISBN # 9781619540170]
Aerodynamics for Aviators [ISBN # 9781619543331]
Many additional links and sources of information will be posted to Blackboard

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

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  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email
  • Complete tests, quizzes and surveys via Blackboard in and out class (Respondus LockDown browser)

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

The course content is organized into 5 Blocks over a 16 week period.  Each block contains a purpose, learning outcomes, and a variety of links to articles, video/audio files, and other instructional resources selected to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics.  Discussions, quizzes, tests and assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of those materials.

How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities

On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Block Lessons” tab. Inside this tab you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An overview of each week can be found in Blackboard under the “Syllabus & Schedule” tab.


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

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  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions as provided and as part of this course.
  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback

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  • The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments and group activities within one week.
  • The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


You are encouraged to post your questions about the course in the FAQs discussion board forum in the Blackboard site or raise them in class if held synchronously or on campus. The Blackboard discussion board is an open forum in which you and your classmates are encouraged to answer each other’s questions. But, if you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.


Quizzes/Participation (20%)


The course includes several in-class Blackboard quizzes that will make up 20% of your final grade. Quiz questions and correct answers will be reviewed at the beginning of the next class…they are an excellent tool to prepare for exams.  Quizzes include:

  • In-class material quizzes
  • Block instruction quizzes

Exam (60%)

Exam 120

Your first exam will take place on or around Tuesday, 26 Sep 23 and will cover Blocks 1-2. To prepare for the exam make sure to have read all of the assigned readings, attended class, fully understand any missed quiz questions and reviewed in-class notes. The exam is worth 20% of the final grade.

Exam 220

Your second exam will take place on or around Thursday, 9 Nov 23 and will cover Blocks 3-4. To prepare for the exam make sure to have read all of the assigned readings, attended class, fully understand any missed quiz questions and reviewed in-class notes. The exam is worth 20% of the final grade.

Exam 3 (Final)20

Your third exam will take place on or around Thursday, 14 Dec 2023, and will cover Block 5, student aerodynamic presentations topics, and prior course block topics that were commonly missed and/or need to be emphasized. To prepare for the exam make sure to have attended class, fully understand any presented quiz questions and reviewed in-class notes.  Students will want to take excellent notes during the presentations as they will be able to use them during the exam.  The exam is worth 20% of the final grade.

Presentation (20%)

Advanced Aerodynamics Presentation20

The class will divide into teams of 2 or 3 each to present an instructor approved topic of advanced aerodynamic significance.  The presentations are expected to sufficiently cover the assigned topic to include preparation of meaningful visual aids (power point), class discussion, and participation.  Teams will submit presentation slides and 5 multiple choice questions to the instructor at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled class presentation.  Late powerpoint and question submissions will be docked 5 points per day late.  Specific instructions to include presentation grading rubric will be posted on Blackboard and covered in class.  The presentation will be worth 20% of the final grade.  If a student must miss a presentation for a valid reason (illness, etc) and the schedule cannot be adjusted then their team will still present the topic and that student will have a make-up paper for their portion of the presentation.

Assessment Summary

Assignment                                             Final Grade

  1. Quizzes/Participation (Average)                          20 Points
  2. Exam 1                                                                20 Points
  3. Exam 2                                                                20 Points
  4. Exam 3 (Final)                                                      20 Points
  5. Presentation                                                        20 Points

           Total: 100 Points

Final Grade Scale

A          100% to 92%

B            91% to 84%

C            83% to 76%

D            75% to 68%

F            <68%

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Day: Date: Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
Tue 8/22 Review Syllabus Course Intro
Thu 8/24 Basic Aero test & review; general presentation guidelines & sign-up Complete pre-test in class
Set up Respondus Lockdown Browser
Tue 8/29 AA Ch 1-5; FW Ch 2; ANA Ch 1 (as Req'd) Subsonic review -Atmosphere/Lift
Thu 8/31 AA Ch 1-5; FW Ch 2; ANA Ch 1 (as Req'd) Subsonic review - Lift & Drag Presentation Topics Due
Tue 9/5 AA Ch 1-5; FW Ch 2; ANA Ch 1 (as Req'd) Subsonic review - Airfoils, CL Graphs, stalls
Thu 9/7 AA Ch 1-5; FW Ch 2; ANA Ch 1 (as Req'd) Subsonic review - Airfoils, CL Graphs, stalls
Tue 9/12 AA Ch 8; FW Ch 3-4; ANA Ch 3 Transonic - Atmosphere, airspeeds, transonic intro, Shell Video 1
Thu 9/14 AA Ch 8; FW Ch 3-4; ANA Ch 3 Transonic - Shell Video 2, shock waves
Tue 9/19 AA Ch 8; FW Ch 3-4; ANA Ch 3 Transonic/supersonic - Shell Video 3
Thu 9/21 Supersonic & Exam 1 review
Tue 9/26 Exam 1 (Blocks 1 & 2)
Weather impacts & Coffin Corner
Test & update Respondus Lockdown Browser prior to class
Thu 9/28 Detailed Presentation Guidelines (video on Blackboard), group work time; No In-Person Class
Tue 10/3 Large/heavy aircraft aerodynamics & design
Exam 1 Recap
Thu 10/5 FW Ch 8 Takeoff characteristics
Tue 10/10 FW Ch 8-9 RTOs & EFTOC
Thu 10/12 FW Ch 8-9 RTOs & EFTOC
Tue 10/17 FW Ch 10 Climb, Cruise
Thu 10/19 FW Ch 10 - 15 Descent Holding Landing
Tue 10/24 FW Ch 26-28 Icing & clean wing
Thu 10/26 FW Ch 26-28 Weather impacts & Coffin Corner
Tue 10/31 ANA 315-319; FW CH 12, pg 25-27 Stalls, Unusual Attitudes, Dutch Roll
Thu 11/2 AA pg 168-173; ANA 314, 339 Wake Turbulence, Mach tuck, PIO, Roll Reversal, Weight & Balance shift
Tue 11/7 Exam 2 review
Thu 11/9 Exam 2 (Blocks 3 & 4) Test & update Respondus Lockdown Browser prior to class
Tue 11/14 Exam 2 recap; Presentation criteria reminder
Thu 11/16 Group Presentations x2 Submit Powerpoint & Quiz Questions in Blackboard 24 hours prior
Tue 11/21 Group Presentations x2 Submit Powerpoint & Quiz Questions in Blackboard 24 hours prior
Thu 11/23 Thanksgiving Break - No Class
Tue 11/28 Group Presentations x2 Submit Powerpoint & Quiz Questions in Blackboard 24 hours prior
Thu 11/30 Group Presentations x2 Submit Powerpoint & Quiz Questions in Blackboard 24 hours prior
Tue 12/5 Group Presentations x2 Submit Powerpoint & Quiz Questions in Blackboard 24 hours prior
Thu 12/7 Weather Backup & Course Recap
Tue 12/12 Finals Week
Thu 12/14 Finals Week
Final Exam - 8-10 am

Course Policies

Assignment Policy

Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard and in the Syllabus Schedule.

Late Work

All assignments must be submitted by the due dates posted in the course. The acceptance of late assignments is at the discretion of the instructor, provided that you contact the instructor before the due date and ask for an extension. All requirements for this course must be completed during the course dates. Unexcused late work will be graded as a zero. If you need an extension, please contact me as soon as possible.

Class Participation

Class participation through pre-class review assignments and active discussion is crucial to the learning process.  Students are encouraged to ask questions openly and freely keeping to enhance the learning experience for all involved.


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

Resolution of Problems

Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with Professor Evans. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.

Technology Statement

In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material.  We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

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It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

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How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

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Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).