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AERODYNAMIC CALCULATION METHODS for PROGRAMMABLE CALCULATORS & PERSONAL COMPUTERS - with programs for the Tl-59 -

"Preface
     AEROCAL programs are intended to serve both students and practicing aerodynamicists. For students, they can serve an important role in supplementing theoretical analysis with the actual numerical results so important in developing engineering skills. In aerodynamics, it has been difficult for students to solve meaningful illustrative problems, and this difficulty can now be eliminated by using the new personal computing machines -- either programmable calculators or microcomputers. I have found that the results of numerical calculations inevitably provide a few surprises, which force the analyst to reexamine the theory, leading to a much deeper understanding. AEROCAL programs can thus be used to prevent the calculation from becoming an end in itself. Instead, efforts can be concentrated on the actual aerodynamic problems, with required calculations assuming their proper supporting role. Thus, the availability of the personal computing machines allows the student to gain an appreciation of the role of computational aerodynamic simulations, while developing an engineering attitude.
     The second purpose of the work is to provide the practicing aerodynamicist with a readily accessible collection of algorithms designed for use on this class of machine. The availability of such a set of routines will eliminate the most tedious aspects of the software development process so that the code development time can be used to implement the user's unique requirements rather than wasting time creating the basic building blocks.
     The material selected for inclusion is, of course, not intended to replace the large computational aerodynamics programs. Instead, it allows students to become familiar with an important part of the set of standard aerodynamic methods representative of those required in aerodynamics. To the experienced user, these methods should be extremely useful, providing results which are more than adequate for a variety of jobs.
     The material is organized in workbook fashion, with each program being essentially independent of the others. An example of the style that we intend to follow is found in the IBM SSP or other software package user's manuals. The addition of some examples for each program allows the user to check that the program is properly executing on his own machine.
     The choice of the TI59 format for the programs is one of convenience only. Program instructions are similar for other calculators and an Appendix is included to describe the listing nomenclature. Using this information, conversion to other instruction sets should be relatively simple. Microcomputers will typically have more advanced instruction sets, such as BASIC. The information provided in the method description is easily used to write a set of BASIC instructions.
     The author acknowledges the contributions of the many aerodynamicists and research scientists who have developed the basic material, which forms the basis for these software paks and with whom he has held discussions on the relative merits of particular methods for performing various aerodynamics calculations."

PAK #1 BASIC AERODYNAMIC RELATIONS
PAK #2 BASIC GEOMETRY FOR AERODYNAMICS
PAK #3 BASIC SUBSONIC AERODYNAMICS
PAK #4 BOUNDARY LAYER ANALYSIS METHODS

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