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Dale R Durran
ATM S 505
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Fluid Dynamics

Eulerian equations for mass-motion; Navier-Stokes equation for viscous fluids, Cartesion tensors, stress-strain relations; Kelvin's theorem, vortex dynamics; potential flows, flows with high-low Reynolds numbers; boundary layers, introduction to singular perturbation techniques; water waves; linear instability theory. Prerequisite: either a course in partial differential equations or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with AMATH 505/OCEAN 511; A, odd years.

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The purpose of the course is to obtain a thorough understanding of the basic mathematical relations that describe atmospheric and oceanic motions. We will consider both the fundamental governing equations applicable to almost all geophysical motions and simplifed models describing elementary stable and unstable circulations.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Dale R Durran
Date: 09/19/2008