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About PHYS 426

A course on fluid mechanics for physicist

Instructor: Falk Herwig, 
Office: Elliott 214
Office hours: Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30pm
Class times: Tues, Wed, Friday - 11:30am - 12:20pm, Clearihue Building D130

Term: Winter 2016




Science Topics

  • Flow kinematics, vorticity, irrotational flow
  • Navier-Stokes equations and special cases (Boussinesq approximation, ideal flow, etc)
  • Bernoulli's theorem
  • Viscous flow, low Reynolds number
  • Euler equations, compressible flow at high Reynolds number, turbulence
  • Applications to aerodynamics, water waves, pipe flow, astrophysics



    Meta Topics

    • The scientific method
    • Verification & Validation
    • Simulations, theory, experiment - the concept of understanding and modeling physics processes
    • Scientific writing
    • Presentation skills



    • Final exam (37%)
    • Mid term (20%)
    • 5 Assignments (28%)
    • Term project (15%). The project will involve an experimental component as well as setup, run and evaluate a computer simulation using the COMSOL software