# Preparation materials

Starting your MSc is exciting, but can also be challenging if you don't know what to expect. This is especially true for international students. Therefore on this page we would like to give you some information about what to expect, what will be expected of you, how to prepare and where to find information.

### 1) Choose between Aerodynamics and Wind Energy!

You need to choose between the Profile Aerodynamics and Profile Wind Energy already at the start of Q1! The reason is that already in Q1 the Profile courses between Aerodynamics and Wind Energy differ:

### 2) How to make your choice between Aerodynamics and Wind Energy?

*) Brightspace will become available one month before the start of the semester

### 3) Prepare

The MSc program can be tough especially if you need to catch up with some of the expected prior knowledge and/or skills at the start of the first Quarter. In order to give you the possibility to check your prior knowledge and skills, we have identified the most important reading and training material that you can review, test yourself and if required study and practice.

Basic mathematics:
[1] James Stewart, "Calculus: Early Transcendentals", 8th ed., Cengage Learning (2016), Metric Version, ISBN 978-1-305-27237-8. (Calculus)

[2] David C. Lay, “Linear Algebra and its Applications”, Global Edition, 5/E, ISBN-13: 9781784499303. (Linear Algebra)

[3] W.E. Boyce, R.C.DiPrima, “Elementary differential equations and boundary value problems”, Wiley, New York. (Differential equations)

In particular when you do not have an Aerospace Engineering Bachelor degree, please review the books of John D. Anderson to be informed on nomenclature / theory of flight and aerodynamics:

Aircraft performance / notations:
[4] John D. Anderson, “Introduction to Flight”, 6th edition or later, (Chapters 5,6,7: conventions, airfoils/wings, airplane performance, stability & control)

Aerodynamic theory:
[5] John D. Anderson jr., Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, McGraw-Hill, Chapters 1-10.

Basic programming skills:
[6] Matlab
An Introduction to Programming and Numerical Methods in MATLAB, S.R. Otto and J.P. Denier

[7] Python, codecademy - learn Python
[8] Python, introduction to computer science and programming in Python

### 4) Society

Join the AWEP Society (student organization for the tracks Aerodynamics & Wind Energy and Flight Performance & Propulsion). Get into contact with fellow students for practical information and join social events.In order to keep our members informed and involved; regular updates and announcements are sent out via Brightspace and Facebook.

Furthermore, we are present on both Facebook and LinkedIn with our own page.

! Important note for all new master students !

From the 1st  of August onwards, you will be able to log in on Brightspace, the online learning platform of the university. Subscribe to our AWEP Brightspace following this link AWEP Brightspace. Here we will post important information and announcements regarding the start of next year and the introduction activities. We will also be available via the Brightspace page for answering all questions you may have.

If you have any questions, you can also reach us via:

A big thanks from all of us as AWEP board and hope to see you all in good health at the beginning of next year.