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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 in-class discussions where possible.

Note about Exams and Quizzes: The two semester exams will occur about week 5-6 and week 11-12 of the semester. A specific date for these in-class 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
Course Introduction/Overview
Fluid Properties
Fluid Statics
Basic Flow Phenomena -- Kinematics
Basic Equations of Fluid Flow (mass, energy, and momentum balances)
4 - 6
Internal Viscous Flows
8.1 - 8.6
Pump Selection and Application
8.7 - 8.8
Uniform Open Channel Flows
13.1 - 13.6
Dimensional Analysis
External Flows
Compressible Flows

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 steady-flow 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 lab-based courses.

Last updated by Prof. John R. White (Sept. 2006)

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