The study of the motion of fluids is a very rich and beautiful subject which also has a large number of practical applications--aero- and hydro- dynamics, oceanography, and meteorology, to name just a few. In this section of the course I hope to introduce you to some of the basic notions of fluid mechanics, with the eventual goal of understanding how lift is generated by an airplane wing. However, we'll have opportunities to use this material repeatedly in the remainder of the course.

- What is a fluid?
- The equation of continuity
- Circulation, vorticity, and vortices
- Steady flows of incompressible, nonviscous fluids
- Ideal fluids and Euler's equation
- Bernoulli's equation
- Applications of Bernoulli's equation
- The Pitot tube
- The Venturi effect
- Atomizers
- Hurricanes
- Flapping flags and the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability

- Drag and D'Alembert's "paradox"

Mon Aug 11 22:46:35 EDT 1997