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I’m a GCSE student wanting to do aerospace engineering at University and I wanna know if anyone has any books or courses/videos that are helpful as an introduction to it
Original post by _s8ku_
I’m a GCSE student wanting to do aerospace engineering at University and I wanna know if anyone has any books or courses/videos that are helpful as an introduction to it

Hi, I am studying aeronautics and astronautics at university and I am a 3rd year student. One of the best books to get would be 'Fundamentals of Aerodynamics' by John Anderson. The book covers some of the fundamental things that you'll be covering at university such as aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics and I think it's a good starting point. However, you will need some A-Level maths and physics knowledge to get a good understanding of the topics.

It is strongly recommended that you study A-Level maths, A-Level further maths and A-Level physics if you want to study aeronautics and astronautics at university.
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Original post by Eigenvectorxyz
Hi, I am studying aeronautics and astronautics at university and I am a 3rd year student. One of the best books to get would be 'Fundamentals of Aerodynamics' by John Anderson. The book covers some of the fundamental things that you'll be covering at university such as aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics and I think it's a good starting point. However, you will need some A-Level maths and physics knowledge to get a good understanding of the topics.

It is strongly recommended that you study A-Level maths, A-Level further maths and A-Level physics if you want to study aeronautics and astronautics at university.

Thanks! I intend to study further maths maths physics and chemistry a level
Why is the book so expensive though?
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Original post by _s8ku_
I’m a GCSE student wanting to do aerospace engineering at University and I wanna know if anyone has any books or courses/videos that are helpful as an introduction to it


At GCSE level just enjoying maths & science! Pure maths at school will be your best skill you can develop.
Original post by _s8ku_
Thanks! I intend to study further maths maths physics and chemistry a level
Why is the book so expensive though?

A lot of university textbooks have lots of content with up to a 1000 pages if not more. However, some of these books can be available for free in pdf format online. There are other textbooks that you can have a look at and I think they'll be useful in your first year:

'Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics' - R.C Hibbeler
'Electrical Engineering - know it all' - Clive Maxfield
'Material Science and Engineering' - William D. Callister

These books are useful to build fundamental understanding in material science, electrical engineering and dynamics, which are the modules that you should cover in your first year. The 'fundamentals of aerodynamics' book will be more useful in second and third years when you specialise in aeronautics.

Keep in mind that because you haven't studied A-Level maths and physics yet, a lot of the content will seem incomprehensible, so it's better if you start reading in the middle of year 12 and you will also have something to add to your personal statement by saying that you have done additional reading about the course.
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Original post by Eigenvectorxyz
A lot of university textbooks have lots of content with up to a 1000 pages if not more. However, some of these books can be available for free in pdf format online. There are other textbooks that you can have a look at and I think they'll be useful in your first year:

'Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics' - R.C Hibbeler
'Electrical Engineering - know it all' - Clive Maxfield
'Material Science and Engineering' - William D. Callister

These books are useful to build fundamental understanding in material science, electrical engineering and dynamics, which are the modules that you should cover in your first year. The 'fundamentals of aerodynamics' book will be more useful in second and third years when you specialise in aeronautics.

Keep in mind that because you haven't studied A-Level maths and physics yet, a lot of the content will seem incomprehensible, so it's better if you start reading in the middle of year 12 and you will also have something to add to your personal statement by saying that you have done additional reading about the course.

Thanks, Ill check these out now

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