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Book: All Things Flow - Fluid Mechanics for the Natural Sciences (Smyth)

  • Page ID
    18023
  • This book on fluid mechanics is concerned with phenomena that we have all been familiar with since childhood: flows you see in sinks and bathtubs, in rivers, and at the beach. In this context, we develop the mathematical techniques and scientific reasoning skills needed for higher-level courses and professional research. Prerequisites are few: basic linear algebra, differential and integral calculus and Newton’s laws of motion. As we go along we discover the need for the more advanced tools of tensor analysis.

    The science of fluid mechanics is vast. Most books on the topic are concerned with technological applications, e.g., flow through pipes and machinery, that have little relevance in nature. But even among naturally occurring flows we cannot, and should not, try to cover everything. What I have done here is to identify three canonical flow structures that are common in nature: (1) vortices, (2) waves, and (3) hydraulic jumps.

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