We apply a new analytic technique, namely the homotopy analysis method, to give an analytic approximation of temperature distributions for a laminar viscous flow over a semi-infinite plate. An explicit analytic solution of the temperature distributions is obtained in general cases and recurrence formulae of the corresponding constant coefficients are given. In the cases of constant plate temperature distribution and constant plate heat flux, the first-order derivative of the temperature on the plate at the 30th order of approximation is given. The convergence regions of these two formulae are greatly enlarged by the Padé technique. They agree well with numerical results in a very large region of Prandtl number 1[les ]Pr[les ]50 and therefore can be applied without interpolations.
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