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Introduction to Fluid Mechanics in Engineering 

Department: Mechanical Engineering                                 
Instructor: Todd Christopher
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Prerequisites: None

 Schedule: Zoom Mon-Fri from 11am-12pm & 1pm-2pm PST

Course Description

Fluids surround us and play a pivotal role in our world. From the blood that runs in our veins, to the oceans that cover our planet, understanding fluid mechanics is crucial in scientific and engineering endeavors. In this course, we will learn the basics of fluid mechanics as well as how the subject is applied in engineering. Students will test their new knowledge on problems from the real word, and they will perform hands-on experiments in order to see fluid mechanics in action.

Course Goals / Learning Objectives

After this course, students will be able to explain the fluid mechanics involved in engineering applications such as hydraulic lifts, siphons, water supply systems, flight, hydroelectric power, and wind turbines. Students will learn to solve fluid mechanics problems related to these applications using basic mathematics and physics, and students will therefore emerge from this course with a greater understanding of fundamental concepts from mathematics and physics, such as vectors and energy, that are the common currency of many different engineering disciplines.

Course Outline

  • Newton's laws of motion
  • Vectors
  • Work and energy
  • Conservation laws
  • Fluid properties
  • Buoyancy 
  • Capillarity
  • Laminar and turbulent flow
  • Bernoulli's principle
  • Flight
  • Lift and drag
  • Hydroelectric and wind power
  • Fluid mechanics in sports


*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.