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Patrick Mcginley Mcgah
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

The material in this course will provide the student with a fundamental background in the statics and dynamics of fluids. The basic conservation laws of mass, momentum and energy are analyzed in control volume and differential form. The student will learn how to choose the right formulation, such as integral vs differential, for fluid flow problems. The student will also learn how to work with different frames of reference and use them to simplify problems. Real life applications of these fundamental concepts will be introduced, with an emphasis on critical analysis of the limitations of the model used in solving the problem. Interpretation of results from experiments and numerical simulation of fluid flows will also be emphasized.

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Class assignments and grading

Homeworks: 15% Lab report: 15% Midterm: 25% Final: 45%


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 Patrick Mcginley Mcgah
Date: 03/29/2013