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Fluid
Mechanics (10.303 & 14.301)
Detailed Course Syllabus
The primary topics for this course will follow the Fluid
Mechanics  Fundamentals and Applications text by Cengel
and Cimbala rather closely. The list below itemizes the specific
topics and the appropriate chapters within the text. Each subject
will be discussed in the order given  and we will go as far
as time permits. Realistically, our goal will be to complete everything
through Topic #8. Although the remaining topics are important
(dimensional analysis, external flows, and compressible flows),
there is simply not enough time in a one semester course to adequately
address all these subjects. However, we will try to integrate
some concepts from these areas into the HW problems and inclass
discussions where possible.
Note about Exams and Quizzes:
The two semester exams will occur about week 56 and week 1112
of the semester. A specific date for these inclass exams will
be announced a minimum of one week before the exam. The comprehensive
final exam (3 hours) will occur during Finals Week as formally
scheduled by the Registrar. There will be no makeup exams. The
several quizzes given during the semester will be unannounced
 with no opportunity for makeup since the solutions will be
discussed in class  so regular attendance is expected!
Topic
# 
Subjects
to be Discussed 
Chapters in Text 
1 
Course
Introduction/Overview 
1 
2 
Fluid
Properties 
2 
3 
Fluid
Statics 
3 
4 
Basic
Flow Phenomena  Kinematics 
4 
5 
Basic
Equations of Fluid Flow (mass, energy, and momentum balances) 
4
 6 
6 
Internal
Viscous Flows 
8.1
 8.6 
7 
Pump
Selection and Application 
8.7
 8.8 
8 
Uniform
Open Channel Flows 
13.1
 13.6 
9 
Dimensional
Analysis 
7 
10 
External
Flows 
8 
11 
Compressible
Flows 
12 
Although we will use the text by Cengel and Cimbala as a subject
guide and for the majority of the course material, supplemental
information will also be used as needed to enhance or expand upon
the discussions in your primary text.
To put things into context, you should be aware that fluid flow
problems are usually addressed by one or more of the following
techniques:
Control
Volume Methods use an integral or macroscopic
view of the system of interest. This approach leads to relatively
simple mass, energy, and momentum balance equations for steadyflow
problems. It is used for most real engineering analysis and this
method will be emphasized in this course.
Differential Analysis Methods
are based on infinitesimal or microscopic balances that lead to
relatively complicated ODEs and PDEs. This approach, although
more mathematically intensive, can give a lot of insight and a
deeper understanding of fluid mechanics. We will only treat this
subject at an introductory level  it is usually treated in more
detail in more advanced fluid mechanics courses.
Experimental Analysis
is based on observation and measurement of scale models of actual
systems (introduced in various laboratory courses).
This course will focus on the macroscopic view of fluid systems
(the CV Method) with an emphasis on solving real problems involving
applications in hydrostatics, internal and open channel flows,
pump selection, etc.. We may also briefly introduce some concepts
related to the differential analysis approach for addressing selected
fluid mechanics problems as time permits. Experimental techniques
for understanding fluid mechanics will be treated in your separate
labbased courses.
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updated by Prof. John R. White (Sept. 2006)
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