12.330[J] Fluid Physics


Class Info

A physics-based introduction to the properties of fluids and fluid systems, with examples drawn from a broad range of sciences, including atmospheric physics and astrophysics. Definitions of fluids and the notion of continuum. Equations of state and continuity, hydrostatics and conservation of momentum; ideal fluids and Euler's equation; viscosity and the Navier-Stokes equation. Energy considerations, fluid thermodynamics, and isentropic flow. Compressible versus incompressible and rotational versus irrotational flow; Bernoulli's theorem; steady flow, streamlines and potential flow. Circulation and vorticity. Kelvin's theorem. Boundary layers. Fluid waves and instabilities. Quantum fluids.

This class has 8.044, and 5.60 as prerequisites.

12.330[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by D. Cziczo.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Fall 2013 Subject Evaluations, 12.330[J] was rated 3.0 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the Fluid Physics site.

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