s Fluid Mechanics (ME 534)
ME 534A/B
SLN 16248/16249
Class time: TTh 10:30-11:50 SMI 107

Fluid Mechanics


Professor James J. Riley
office: MEB 314
tel: 543-5347
email: rileyj@u.washington.edu
office hours: TTh 2:30-4:00 or by appointment

Course description Prerequisites Syllabus Textbook Grading Schedule
Homework Exams Handouts

Course Description

overview of course; dimensional analysis; water waves (shallow and deep water, wave dispersion, other properties); compressible flow (sound waves and shock waves); flow instability; turbulence; some applications.


ME507/AA507 or equivalent, or permission from instructor

Syllabus (tentative)

1. Brief Review 2. Dimensional Analysis (from Chapter 8, earlier editions; chapters mentioned are from Kundu et al.) 3. Water Waves (from Chapter 7) 4. Compressible Flows (from Chapter 16) 5. Flow Instability (from Chapter 12) 6. Turbulence (from Chapter 13)


Fluid Mechanics, any edition, by P. K. Kundu et al., Elsevier/Academic Press

Recommended additional material: Multi-Media Fluid Mechanics 2nd Edition (DVD-ROM), by G. M. Homsy et al., Cambridge University Press. Click here for more information.

Recommended book with extensive visualizations: An Album of Fluid Motion by Milton van Dyke, Parabolic Press

Recommended link (also with nice visualizations): http://www.efluids.com

Recommended video series by the National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films: it is dated, but very educational: http://web.mit.edu/hml/ncfmf.html


Grading will be based upon homework, a mid-term, and a paper report in lieu of the final exam.


First day of class -- Tuesday, March 31st
Midterm exam -- Thursday, May 7th
Memorial Day -- Monday, May 25th
Last day of class -- Thursday, June 4th
Report due -- Thursday, June 4th

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