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Fluid Mechanics
A Short Course for Physicists

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107005754

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  • The multidisciplinary field of fluid mechanics is one of the most actively developing fields of physics, mathematics and engineering. In this book, the fundamental ideas of fluid mechanics are presented from a physics perspective. Using examples taken from everyday life, from hydraulic jumps in a kitchen sink to Kelvin–Helmholtz instabilities in clouds, the book provides readers with a better understanding of the world around them. It teaches the art of fluid-mechanical estimates and shows how the ideas and methods developed to study the mechanics of fluids are used to analyze other systems with many degrees of freedom in statistical physics and field theory. Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, the book assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and only a basic understanding of vector calculus and analysis. It contains 32 exercises of varying difficulties, from simple estimates to elaborate calculations, with detailed solutions to help readers understand fluid mechanics.

    • Presents a unique perspective on fluid mechanics stressing its links with other branches of physics
    • Examples and exercises are taken from everyday life, from the kitchen sink to sailing and flying, to give readers a better appreciation of the subject
    • Teaches the art of physical estimates as applied to fluid mechanics
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    "This reviewer highly commends Falklovich for presenting a difficult topic compactly with clarity..Highly recommended." - CHOICE

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107005754
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 56 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic equations and steady flows
    2. Unsteady flows
    3. Dispersive waves
    4. Epilogue
    5. Solutions
    References
    Index.

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  • Author

    Gregory Falkovich, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
    Gregory Falkovich is a Professor in the Department of Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science. He has researched in plasma, condensed matter, fluid mechanics, statistical and mathematical physics and cloud physics and meteorology, and has won several awards for his work.

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