Title Information


May 25, 1999

Smits: Fluid Mechanics–Mechanical Engineering

ISBN:0471-1692-1, xxx Pages, Cloth, 2000

Publication Season: Fall ’99


A Physical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

by Alexander J. Smits, Princeton University


A brief introduction to fluid mechanics that emphasizes the use of basic concepts in solving engineering problems. The book is designed to develop problem-solving skills and physically-based intuition for engineering students of fluid mechanics. This text develops the physical principles of fluid mechanics in stages, moving from simple one-dimensional problems to progressively more complex examples, while maintaining a strong connection to applications drawn from engineering practice as well as nature.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Fluid Statics
  • Introduction to Fluid Motion I
  • Introduction to Fluid Motion II
  • Equations of Motion in Integral Form
  • Differential Equations of Motion
  • Incompressible, Irrotational Flows

  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Viscous Internal Flows
  • Viscous External Flows
  • Open Channel Flow
  • Compressible Flow
  • Turbomachines
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics

  • Historical Notes
  • A. Analytical Tools

    1. Conversion Factors
    2. Fluid and Flow Properties
    3. Web Resources

    Answers to Selected Problems



    0-471- Solutions Manual

  • Includes solutions to all end-of-chapter problems using the same format as in the solved examples
  • Sample syllabi
  •   Fluid Mechanics Online

  • Web resources connecting in-text material to examples in nature and industry
  • Updates and corrections for text and problems at the end of each chapter
  • Links to educational resources available on the web
  • Gallery of Fluid Flow

  • Return to Fluid Mechanics Online