PS 103: Fluid Mechanics

Course Number and Title: PS 103 (Fluid Mechanics)
Date Revised: Oct. 8, 2010

Number of Units: 3
Prerequisite: PS 102
 

Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the properties of fluids and fluid systems, with examples drawn from a broad range of sciences, including atmospheric physics and astrophysics. Topics included are: definitions of fluids and the notion of continuum, equations of state and continuity, hydrostatics and conservation of momentum, ideal fluids and Euler's equation, viscosity and the Navier-Stokes equation, energy considerations, fluid thermodynamics, isentropic flow, compressible versus incompressible and rotational versus irrotational flow, Bernoulli's theorem, steady flow, streamlines and potential flow, circulation and vorticity, Kelvin's theorem, boundary layers, fluid waves, and instabilities.
 

Bibliography:
Faber, T. (2010). Fluid Dynamics for Physicists. USA: Cambridge University Press.
Fox, R., Pritchard, P., and McDonald, A. (2008). Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. USA: Wiley.
Landau, L. and Lifshitz, E.M. (1987). Fluid Mechanics. USA: Oxford Pergamon Press.
Smits, A. (2000). An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. USA: Wiley.
Nakayama, Y. and Boucher, R. (2000). Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. USA: Wiley.
Franzini, D. (2009). Fluid Mechanics with Engineering Applications. USA: Wiley.
Granger, R. (2010). Fluid Mechanics. USA: Dover Publications.
Young, D. (2009). Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics. USA: Wiley.
 

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