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This textbook presents essential methodology for physicists of the theory and applications of fluid mechanics within a single volume. Building steadily through a syllabus, it will be relevant to almost all undergraduate physics degrees which include an option on hydrodynamics, or a course in which hydrodynamics figures prominently.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
2 Flow of Ideal Fluids 25
3 Viscous Fluids 75
4 Waves and Instabilities in Fluids 93
5 Turbulent Flow 117
6 Boundary Layer Flow 139
7 Convective Heat Transfer 175
8 Compressible Flow and Sound Waves 209
9 Characteristics and Rarefactions 219
10 Shock Waves 241
11 Aerofoils in Low-Speed Incompressible Flow 295
12 Aerofoils in High-Speed Compressible Fluid Flow 341
13 Deflagrations and Detonations 363
14 Self-similar Methods in Compressible Gas Flow and Intermediate Asymptotics 383