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Introductory Fluid Mechanics for Physicists and Mathematicians

ISBN: 978-1-118-61342-9
488 pages
June 2013
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This textbook presents essential methodology for physicists of the theory and applications of fluid mechanics within a single volume.  Building steadily through a syllabus, it will be relevant to almost all undergraduate physics degrees which include an option on hydrodynamics, or a course in which hydrodynamics figures prominently.

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Table of Contents

Preface xvii

1 Introduction 1

2 Flow of Ideal Fluids 25

3 Viscous Fluids 75

4 Waves and Instabilities in Fluids 93

5 Turbulent Flow 117

6 Boundary Layer Flow 139

7 Convective Heat Transfer 175

8 Compressible Flow and Sound Waves 209

9 Characteristics and Rarefactions 219

10 Shock Waves 241

11 Aerofoils in Low-Speed Incompressible Flow 295

12 Aerofoils in High-Speed Compressible Fluid Flow 341

13 Deflagrations and Detonations 363

14 Self-similar Methods in Compressible Gas Flow and Intermediate Asymptotics 383

Problems 417

Solutions 427

Bibliography 455

Index 463

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“Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in physics and mathematics.”  (Choice, 1 January 2014)


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