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Amy Shen Fried
M E 333
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

Introduction to the basic fluid laws and their application. Conservation equations, dynamic similarity, potential flow, boundary-layer concepts, effects of friction, compressible flow, fluid machinery, measurement techniques. Prerequisite: AMATH 301; M E 323; either MATH 307 or AMATH 351.

Class description

Fluid mechanics investigates the flow of liquids and gases. This course introduces the fundamental principles to describe fluids at rest and in motion. The conservation of mass, momentum, and energy (governing equations) will be analyzed in both control volume and differential form. Students will learn how to solve some basic fluid mechanics problems based on governing equations. Both internal and external flow problems will be discussed. Dimensional analysis will be introduced. Flow phenomena in real life will also be discussed. One laboratory experiment is designed to illustrate the basic fluid principles and students are required to conduct the experiment, analyze the data and write a lab report.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Proficient in Calculus, Thermodynamics, and Physics

Class assignments and grading

Homework: 25% Midterm: 30% Lab report: 10% Final Exam: 35%


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 Amy Shen Fried
Date: 01/04/2012