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Elementary Fluid Dynamics (Oxford Applied Mathematics and Computing Science Series) [Paperback]

D. J. Acheson
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15 Mar 1990 0198596790 978-0198596790
The study of the dynamics of fluids is a central theme of modern applied mathematics. It is used to model a vast range of physical phenomena and plays a vital role in science and engineering. This textbook provides a clear introduction to both the theory and application of fluid dynamics, and will be suitable for all undergraduates coming to the subject for the first time.

Prerequisites are few: a basic knowledge of vector calculus, complex analysis, and simple methods for solving differential equations are all that is needed. Throughout, numerous exercises (with hints and answers) illustrate the main ideas and serve to consolidate the reader's understanding of the subject. The book's wide scope (including inviscid and viscous flows, waves in fluids, boundary layer flow, and instability in flow) and frequent references to experiments and the history of the subject, ensures that this book provides a comprehensive and absorbing introduction to the mathematical study of fluid behaviour.

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press (15 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198596790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198596790
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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D. J. Acheson is at Jesus College, Oxford.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and useful for self-teaching 23 Jun 2003
I found this book vital in plugging a hole in my knowledge in the step up from undergraduate maths to post-graduate applied maths - the book's approach pleased me very much as it is rooted in the mathematics of the subject. No equation is plucked from the air - the fluid dynamics is described from first principles, for both viscous and non-viscous flows, with some investigation into boundary layers.
The exercises are particularly useful, and the answers given are detailed. Probably a good working knowledge of vector calculus is needed, although the method for calculating divergence and curl in curvilinear coords is well explained in appendices. The chapter on waves is a good read - some rather paradoxical results there.
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The book is very well bound for a paperback. Also the size of its fonts is kind to those whom need glasses.

* The areas covered

These areas are Introduction, Elementary Viscous Flow, Waves, Classical Aero foil
Theory, Vortex Motion, Navier - Stokes Equation, Very Viscous Flow, Boundary Layers, Instability, Appendix Hints and answers

And the best of all Appendix Hints and answers. This is a great crib list of Vector stuff, Divergence theorem
Stokes Theorem, Orthogonal stuff and coordinate systems for Cylindrical and Spherical when applied to Navier - Stokes
equations. The answers are really helpful and have been a boon to help me along when stuck.
Its been a REALLY rewarding challenge to break this topic. Although I must add that I have not grasped ALL of this and its
still some outstanding topics to take in.

* What is the authors teaching style?

Whilst your studying your way through the topics, the author builds a BROAD supportive level of knowledge. Then this
allows you to work within these platforms to fit them together more closely.

Another feature working with this book, whilst studying it you need a firm grasp of the
fundamental supporting levels. This shows a 'transparency' by 'looking down' from these higher areas
and reach down into the more elemental supporting areas all at the same time. Its wonderful! It has a great
sense of continuity as your not left 'boxed-in' when your reading. This is only done with
a great amount of feedback from tests in the field with students?

* What stands out?

By the two approach methods, 'Classical Aerofoil Theory' proved a revelation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have textbook 4 Mar 2014
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Very useful textbook, especially the apendix, which has all of the useful things that I usually forget when carrying out my research as a PhD student in applied mathematics
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2.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book but missing pages 11 Oct 2013
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The book is fantastic for fluid dynamics but the one i received had 16 pages that were blank which is annoying
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Fluid Book Ever 12 Jun 2001
By M. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
This is the clearest book on fluid dynamics that I've seen. It's perfect for physics students who need a quick review of the subject. It does an amazing job of relating the math to the reality. Many of the problems make reference to research as recent as the 1980's. This book isn't the last word on anything (for example the information on instability is only the beginning), but it's an amazing place to start. As for the down sides, the math requirements in my opinion are a little steeper than the back cover implies. It pretty much assumes that you know complex variables and the residue theorem, and although it avoids the more difficult PDEs, it might help to know some things about them. And this isn't really a down side, but a lot of interesting information is tied to the problems, which may bother some readers.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pedagogical fluid dynamics book 4 Sep 2000
By Hanno Essen - Published on Amazon.com
This book is one of the most stimulating books on fluid mechanics that I have come across. It is very carefully written and well organized. The physics behind the phenomena are vividly explained. The subject is, however, mathematically difficult and the book should not be attempted without advanced calculus and vector analysis.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt at softening this frightening subject 7 Aug 2009
By Luke Marney - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, there is nothing elementary about fluid dynamics. This book was recommended in a course I took as a first year Chemistry PhD student. If I didn't have a professor there to ask questions to, I would have never understood this subject just from this book. It is a good reference to this subject, but definitely has no sections that read like a cover-to-cover introductory textbook. Everything I needed to know and more is in there, I just have to read sections over and over to understand it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent 11 July 2012
By Wlach - Published on Amazon.com
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Elementary fluid dynamics (Acheson) es un libro muy bueno para estudiantes de física como yo. Explica bastante bien y contiene todos los conceptos básicos que se debiesen manejar un físico o un ingeniero. También contiene problemas resueltos, lo cual es muy útil.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MATH! 15 May 2011
By Arman - Published on Amazon.com
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I received the book timely. Book was clean and the price was fair. Helped me get a B in a 500 level class whose four prior prerequisites I was not able to take but were necessary.
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