12.330J 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.

12.330J will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by D. Cziczo.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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

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