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Engineering Fluid Mechanics [Hardcover]

Clayton T. Crowe , Donald F. Elger , John A. Roberson , Barbara C. Williams
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September 30, 2008 0470259779 978-0470259771 9
Connecting the math and theory of fluid mechanics to practical applications can be a difficult process. Engineering Fluid Mechanics builds on the success of previous editions to help engineers learn how to apply concepts by keeping them engaged and active throughout the book. Simple and effective examples show how key equations are utilized in practice, and step-by-step descriptions provide details into the processes that engineers follow. Each chapter also outlines the three most important things they will be able to accomplish once the concepts are learned. With its physical/visual approach, engineers will quickly gain an intuitive understanding of the principles.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470259779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470259771
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just going with the (supercritical) flow... January 4, 2010
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I had to buy this book for a course in fluid mechanics last semester, which turned out to be one of my favorite courses. That was due mainly to the fact that I had an amazing professor, but it was largely supported by the ease of use of this book. Reference sheets were quick and easy to use, and proved themselves invaluable when I had to look up numbers or equations in stressful times. The presentation of the material is very clear, and written in a way that is easy to understand so you can focus on the theory and the ideas, not on running to get a dictionary to look up big, complex words and their meanings (...not that an engineer would own a dictionary...or know how to use a non-internet-based one, lol).

WARNGING! CUIDADO! My only real point to pick with this book is that someone did a poor job editing it. The layout of the chapter problems is such that the diagrams for some are on different pages than the accompanying text, or located several problems before or after in the most awkward positions, meaning you really have to pay attention to the figure number to prevent drawing the wrong picture/information (which I have done several times).

And, to make matters worse, some problems actually don't have all the info needed to complete them! Several problems had info cut off, or just not present, in their diagrams.

While those are just temporary, minor annoyances and shouldn't deter anyone from buying this book, just be aware that they are present. That's the only reason this got a 4 instead of a 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There have to be better options out there February 22, 2011
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I will preface this by saying that I haven't gone out and searched every fluid mechanics book to find something better. I never deal with fluids and I never plan to deal with them again. The only thing I found that was useful from this book was Bernouli's equation, but you can learn everything on that topic from free references rather than paying for this book. I found the book to be confusing, poorly worded, and lacking in real-world examples and example problems. The text is boring and found in abundance, and I simply don't have the attention span or the desire to read a wall of text about fluid mechanics. I got an A in the class, but it wasn't because of this book. Thank goodness I never have to pretend to care about fluids again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I am writing this as an engineering student at Brown University, RI, USA. I think it is helpful -and less biased- when students write reviews of the books they are using.

This is a well-written book that covers all the appropriate material to be taught in an introductory Fluid Mechanics course in an engineering curriculum. In my opinion, the format of every chapter is clear and gradually guides the reader to grasp the essence of the concepts included. It includes plenty of figures to illustrate several phenomena or to help derive equations. Some figures are confusing though and need to include more discussion.
The Appendices of the book are clearly labeled and easy to use; this is true for figures, graphs and tables. I believe that this is very important since I used books in the past which included very unorganized tables and I couldn't figure out what I was looking for!
There are many problems at the end of every chapter ranging from basic to more complex ones. Problems are grouped according the way the chapter is divided into concepts. Perhaps the book lacks general conceptual problems and/or real-life application problems, but our Professor provided this material.

Overall, I would recommend this textbook to other students who are interested to get a smooth and paced introduction to Fluid Mechanics and to teachers who want to supplement their lecture with a reliable study-guide.
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A needed book for mechanical engineers. Almost too short though. Seems like there could be more detail on particular areas.
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