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Mechanics of Fluids - 3rd edition

Mechanics of Fluids (ISBN10: 0534379966; ISBN13: 9780534379964)
ISBN13: 978-0534379964
ISBN10: 0534379966

Summary: MECHANICS OF FLUIDS presents fluid mechanics so that students gain an understanding of and an ability to analyze the important phenomena encountered by practicing engineers. The authors succeed in this through the use of several pedagogical tools (Margin Notes, Chapter Outlines, Summaries, and a nomenclature list) that help students visualize the many difficult-to-understand phenomena of fluid mechanics. Potter and Wiggert base their explanations on basic physical co morencepts and mathematics which are accessible to undergraduate engineering students, such as differential equations and vector algebra.


  • Chapters 1-8 are organized around physical concepts and mathematics normally introduced in an undergraduate curriculum.
  • NEW! Added multiple-choice problems similar to those found on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and the GRE/Engineering Exam.
  • NEW! Replaced the BASIC computer code with MATLAB® solutions.
  • NEW! Added spreadsheet solutions where applicable.
  • NEW! Added more pedagogy to highlight key material. This includes margin notes, chapter outlines and summaries at the beginning and end of chapters, and a nomenclature list after the Preface.
  • NEW! Added additional explanatory material to worked examples to encourage the development of problem solving skills.
  • NEW! Added names and dates of the engineers and scientists referenced in the text.
  • Common types of flows are discussed in self-contained chapters. For example, all internal flows are discussed in Chapter 7 and all external flows are discussed in Chapter 8. Most of the phenomena of interest is introduced in Chapter 3, providing an overview Of Fluid Mechanics that is often missing in texts on this subject.
  • Chapters 9 through 14 focus on specialized topics. They include: Compressible Flow (Ch. 9) Flow in Open Channels (Ch. 10), Flows in Piping Systems (Ch. 11), Turbo machinery (Ch. 12), Measurements In Fluid Mechanics (Ch. 13), Environmental Fluid Mechanics (Ch. 14), And Computational Fluid Dynamics (Ch. 15).
  • Chapter 5 introduces students to the field equations. It is presented using a step-by-step approach while addressing mathematical issues at the proper level. This chapter is optional and an alternate approach is provided for who choose to use the more conventional elemental approach.
  • The mathematical level of this book is based on previous courses required in all engineering curricula (differential equations and vector algebra). Limited use is made of vector calculus with the use of the gradient operator.
  • Authors use several visualization tools to help students understand different concepts, including film clips that help students visualize many difficult-to-understand fluid-flow phenomena.
  • Design-type problems are at the end of several of the chapters to help students gain the needed capability to work many of the problems encountered in engineering situations and are noted by an icon.
  • NEW! Added a new chapter on computational fluid dynamics (ch. 15).
  • NEW! Deleted the duplicate examples and problems using SI and English units. less

Edition/Copyright: 3RD 02
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 07/10/2001
International: No

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