AMS107/PHYS107/AMS217: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
This course focuses on the fundamentals of fluid dynamics as applied to astrophysical and geophysical systems. We will deal with: a kinematic understanding of fluid flows (how do we describe flows?, the continuum hypothesis, Eulerian and Lagrangian descriptions, etc); a dynamic understanding of fluid flows i.e. the various equation sets describing inviscid and viscous flow derived from conservation laws; dynamic similarity and scale analysis; inviscid potential flows; gravity waves; exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equations; boundary layer formulations; and a selection of more advanced topics such as numerical simulations, compressible flows and some introductory discussions of fluid instabilities, waves, chaos, nonlinear equilibration, and turbulence.
The course is aimed at providing the student with a basic understanding of fluid dynamics, both intuitively and from an applied mathematics point of view.
By the end of the course, you will know how to fly and how to throw a good curve ball in baseball!
The regular lecture material will be augmented with video presentations and experimental demonstrations.
Kundu & Cohen (= K), Fluid Mechanics (>3rd ed., Academic Press)
Wednesdays at 5pm BE 330.
The URL for the video if you are not coming to the session is here.
01/25: "Flow Visualization".
02/01: "Eulerian Lagrangian Description" (in your own time, this one, sorry; I have a meeting)
PS. PLEASE REMEMBER TO FILL IN THE ONLINE CLASS EVALUATION FORMS!
- BRING PENCILS, PAPER AND YOUR BRAIN! That's all you'll need.
- It will be in two parts:
- First part -- easy conceptual questions like the midterm.
- Second part -- 3 or 4 homework-like questions.
- Don't be afraid of the Navier-Stokes equations! Try and make the mathematics of the various equations correspond to real physical effects and quantities in your mind.
- Make sure you know what viscosity does to the world!
02/28/2012:
HW4 solutons are up (see HW section)
Midtem solutions are up too (see HW section)
Also VIDEO SESSION TOMORROW (LEAP DAY!)
01/27/2012: Class pictures from HW1 are here
01/25/2012: The room for the videos has changed to BE330
01/17/2012: WE ARE CHANGING ROOMS! NEW LOCATION: COLLEGE EIGHT, CLASSOOM 252
01/09/2012: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS IS THURSDAY 12TH JAN. There is no class on Tues 10th Jan.