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Mechanics (10.303 & 14.301)
Course Goals and Assessment
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,
problems in hydrostatics (including topics such as manometers,
forces on container walls, buoyancy, etc.).
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.
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.
various external flow situations and solve
some simple external flow problems involving fluid drag and lift.
several dimensionless parameters of importance in fluid mechanics.
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
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.
updated by Prof. John R. White (Sept. 2005)
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