18.357 Interfacial Phenomena


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Fluid systems dominated by the influence of interfacial tension. Elucidates the roles of curvature pressure and Marangoni stress in a variety of hydrodynamic settings. Particular attention to drops and bubbles, soap films and minimal surfaces, wetting phenomena, water-repellency, surfactants, Marangoni flows, capillary origami and contact line dynamics. Theoretical developments are accompanied by classroom demonstrations. Highlights the role of surface tension in biology.

This class has 18.354, 18.355, 12.800, and 2.25 as prerequisites.

18.357 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by J. W. Bush.

Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 2-131.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Spring 2016 Subject Evaluations, 18.357 was rated 6.7 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Interfacial Phenomena site or on the 18.357 Stellar site.

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