AEM 4253 -- New Course

Wed Jan 28 11:20:24 2015

Approvals Received:
on 01-28-15
by Thomas Shield
Approvals Pending: College/Dean  > Provost > Catalog > PeopleSoft Manual Entry
Effective Status: Active
Effective Term: 1159 - Fall 2015
Course: AEM 4253
UMNTC - Twin Cities
UMNTC - Twin Cities
Career: UGRD
College: TIOT - College of Science and Engineering
Department: 11090 - Aerospace Eng & Mechanics
Course Title Short: Comp Fluids
Course Title Long: Computational Fluid Mechanics
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
3.0 to 3.0 credit(s)
Introductory concepts in finite difference and finite volume methods as applied to various ordinary/partial differential model equations in fluid mechanics. Fundamentals of spatial discretization and numerical integration. Numerical linear algebra. Introduction to engineering and scientific computing environment. Advanced topics may include finite element methods, spectral methods, grid generation, turbulence modeling.
Print in Catalog?: Yes
CCE Catalog
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Grading Basis: A-F only
Topics Course: No
Honors Course: No
Online Course: No
Contact Hours:
3.0 hours per week
Years most
frequently offered:
Every academic year
Term(s) most
frequently offered:
Component 1: LEC (with final exam)
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Financial Aid
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Repetition of
Repetition not allowed.
for Catalog:
4201, CSCI 1113, CSE upper division
02288 - AEM 4253/AEM 5253
No required consent
(course-based or
AEM 4201, CSCI 1113, CSE upper division student
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History Information: This is a UG version of the existing GRAD career course AEM 5253 (previously offered as 5251 but renumbered to match 4253 -- 4251 is not available)
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Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes: * Student in the course:

- Can identify, define, and solve problems

Please explain briefly how this outcome will be addressed in the course. Give brief examples of class work related to the outcome.

Fluids flow problems are solved with numerical methods.

How will you assess the students' learning related to this outcome? Give brief examples of how class work related to the outcome will be evaluated.

homework and programming assignments.

Liberal Education
this course fulfills:
Other requirement
this course fulfills:
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  • They explicitly help students understand what liberal education is, how the content and the substance of this course enhance a liberal education, and what this means for them as students and as citizens.
  • They employ teaching and learning strategies that engage students with doing the work of the field, not just reading about it.
  • They include small group experiences (such as discussion sections or labs) and use writing as appropriate to the discipline to help students learn and reflect on their learning.
  • They do not (except in rare and clearly justified cases) have prerequisites beyond the University's entrance requirements.
  • They are offered on a regular schedule.
  • They are taught by regular faculty or under exceptional circumstances by instructors on continuing appointments. Departments proposing instructors other than regular faculty must provide documentation of how such instructors will be trained and supervised to ensure consistency and continuity in courses.

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  • thinking ethically about important challenges facing our society and world;
  • reflecting on the shared sense of responsibility required to build and maintain community;
  • connecting knowledge and practice;
  • fostering a stronger sense of our roles as historical agents.

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LE Recertification-Reflection Statement:
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Statement of Certification: This course is certified for a Core, effective as of 
This course is certified for a Theme, effective as of 
Writing Intensive
Propose this course
as Writing Intensive
Question 1 (see CWB Requirement 1): How do writing assignments and writing instruction further the learning objectives of this course and how is writing integrated into the course? Note that the syllabus must reflect the critical role that writing plays in the course.

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AEM 4253
Computational Fluid Mechanics
3 Credits

Catalog Description:

Emphasis on introductory concepts in finite difference and finite volume methods as applied to various ordinary and partial differential model equations in fluid mechanics; fundamentals of spatial discretization and numerical integration; numerical linear algebra. Introduction to engineering and scientific computing environment. Advanced topics may include finite element methods, spectral methods, grid generation, turbulence modeling.

This course meets with AEM 5253 (previously given as 5251).

Course Web Address:


Prerequisites by Topic:

Fluid Mechanics (AEM 4201)
Programming: (CSCI 1113 or equiv.)


Zikanov,  Essential Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wiley, 9780470423295

Format of Course:

3 lecture hours per week

Computer Usage:

Computer programming required in homework assignments and term project.

Course Objectives:

Develop an understanding of introductory concepts in computational fluid mechanics with emphasis on the numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations; solution of ODEs by numerical integration; finite difference and finite volume methods for parabolic, elliptic, and hyperbolic PDEs (techniques for single and multi-dimensional problems); numerical linear algebra. Ability to implement and utilize various numerical methods and basic mathematical analysis for canonical problems in fluid mechanics. Develop advanced skills in MATLAB and programming languages such as C/C++ & Fortran.

Course Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate the following in homework, tests, and the term project:

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems by approximating complex physical systems in fluid flow by simplified canonical models.
A knowledge of fluid mechanics and its mathematical description.
An ability to apply knowledge of math and science to engineering by describing a continuous fluid-flow phenomena in a discrete numerical sense.
An ability to use the techniques, skills, & engineering tools necessary for engineering practice by applying numerical methods to a "real-world" fluid-flow problem, integrating various numerical techniques in formulating a numerical solution method for that problem, and using computational tools such as MATLAB and programming languages (Fortran, C/C++).
An ability to analyze and interpret data obtained from the numerical solution of fluid flow problems.
An ability to communicate effectively by writing the term project in a structured technical report format and by learning how to ask questions in class.

Relationship of course to program objectives:

This course develops students⿿ knowledge of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, as well as improving their problem solving abilities. Additionally, the term project improves students⿿ written communication and computer skills.

Relationship of course to program outcomes:

This course provides the following outcomes:

Apply mathematics
Identify engineering problems
Lifelong learning
Engineering tools

Course Outline:

(Hrs, approx.)     Topic
6     Introduction and Review
6     Numerical Solution of ODEs
6     Methods for Parabolic Equations
6     Methods for Elliptic Equations
6     Methods for Hyperbolic Equations
6     Systems of Equations
6     Advanced Topics

Outcome Measurement:

Homework, tests and a project.
Strategic Objectives & Consultation
Name of Department Chair
Perry Leo
Strategic Objectives -
Curricular Objectives:
How does adding this course improve the overall curricular objectives ofthe unit?

This allows UG students to take AEM 5253 and be graded easier than the graduate students.
Strategic Objectives - Core
Does the unit consider this course to be part of its core curriculum?

This is a core course in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics.
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Consultation with Other
In order to prevent course overlap and to inform other departments of new curriculum, circulate proposal to chairs in relevant units and follow-up with direct consultation. Please summarize response from units consulted and include correspondence. By consultation with other units, the information about a new course is more widely disseminated and can have a positive impact on enrollments. The consultation can be as simple as an email to the department chair informing them of the course and asking for any feedback from the faculty.

This is not a new course, merely a UG version of the existing course AEM 5253 (previously 5251).