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Fluid Mechanics (10.303 & 14.301)
Course Goals and Assessment

There are a number of important objectives for this course and these have been summarized here to help put this course into proper context within the overall educational objectives of your undergraduate curriculum. In particular, upon completion of this course you should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Identify and obtain proper values and units for various fluid properties (density, specific weight, viscosity, etc.).
  • Formulate and solve problems in hydrostatics (including topics such as manometers, forces on container walls, buoyancy, etc.).
  • Describe basic fluid flow phenomena and the primary conservation laws (mass, momentum, and energy balances).
  • Formulate and solve problems using the continuity equation, Bernoulli’s equation, the linear momentum equation, and the general energy equation.
  • Formulate and solve problems involving internal viscous flows (including major and minor friction losses, series and parallel piping systems, etc.).
  • Describe the operation of various types of pumps, and interpret and use manufacturer’s data to solve problems involving pumps.
  • Describe the characteristics of uniform open channel flows and solve problems involving the use of Manning’s equation.
  • Identify various external flow situations and solve some simple external flow problems involving fluid drag and lift.
  • Identify several dimensionless parameters of importance in fluid mechanics.
  • Describe the operation of various flow measurement devices.
Overall, this course focuses on the macroscopic view of fluid systems (the Control Volume Method) with an emphasis on solving real problems involving applications in hydrostatics, various internal, open-channel, and external flow situations, pump selection, etc.. The differential approach used for solving fluid mechanics problems is also introduced, where appropriate, to give additional insight into various flow situations.

The course assessment, from the instructor’s viewpoint, will be accomplished by evaluating your performance on the homeworks/projects, quizzes, semester exams, and final exam. A final grade will be compiled as a weighted average of these components as indicated on the Course Requirements handout -- with a lot of emphasis on the homework component, since this is where most of the actual learning is done for this class. Your informal feedback at any time during the semester is also requested and, upon completion of the course, a formal student questionnaire will be given. This will be your opportunity to give some feedback concerning your assessment of your success in meeting the above objectives and also a mechanism for general suggestions so that we can continually improve the quality of this course.

Last updated by Prof. John R. White (Sept. 2005)

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