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Merle Potter
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May 1, 2009 0071626816 978-0071626811 1

Your solution to mastering fluid mechanics

Need to learn about the properties of liquids and gases the pressures and forces they exert? Here's your lifeline! Fluid Mechanics Demystified helps you absorb the essentials of this challenging engineering topic. Written in an easy-to-follow format, this practical guide begins by reviewing basic principles and discussing fluid statics. Next, you'll dive into fluids in motion, integral and differential equations, dimensional analysis, and similitude. Internal, external, and compressible flows are also covered. Hundreds of worked examples and equations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and two final exam, with solutions to all their problems, help reinforce learning.

This hands-on, self-teaching text offers:

  • Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts
  • Details on Bernoulli's equation and the Reynolds number
  • Coverage of entrance, laminar, turbulent, open channel, and boundary layer flows
  • SI units throughout
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Fluid Mechanics Demystified is your shortcut to understanding this essential engineering subject.


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About the Author

Merle C. Potter taught fluid mechanics for 42 years at Michigan Tech, The University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. He is the author of several engineering books. Dr. Potter’s research has been in theoretical and experimental fluid mechanics and energy analysis of buildings. He has received several teaching awards including the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s James Harry Potter Gold Medal.


Product Details

  • Series: Demystified
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071626816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071626811
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MERLE C. POTTER has four engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and The University of Michigan. He has coauthored Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, The Mechanics of Fluids, Thermodynamics for Engineers, Thermal Sciences, Differential Equations, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Your Future, and Jump Start the HP-48G in addition to numerous exam review books. His research involved fluid flow stability and energy related topics. In addition to teaching awards,he was inducted into the Academy of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech; ASME awarded him the 1980 Centennial Award and the 2008 James Harry Potter Gold Medal. He is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University and continues to write and golf.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fluid Mechanics book review December 26, 2012
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I bought this as a supplement for my fluid mechanics text book. I don't think it is as good as the "Dummies" series of books but it serves the purpose. The quizzes are helpful to ensure you know the topic before moving on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright September 3, 2012
By Gentaur
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I am a huge For Dummies fan, but they didn't have one on Fluid Mechanics; so I bought this. I have to say, I definitely appreciate For Dummies more now that I read this book. DeMYSTiFieD doesn't teach/explain everything as well, however it was better than my textbook so I really can't complain. Worth it if you are struggling to grasp the concepts in Fluid Mechanics, but you really have to read everything slowly and carefully...sometimes a few times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it! July 8, 2014
By Kevin C
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I got "Thermo-dynamics" for Dummies and this book to help me solve and understand some challenging problems outside my expertise at work and both books came in very handy. I think both would be great for someone who did not have to take a proper class in either, or like me, only academic work I had for both subjects was 1st year physics.

Pre-req's: basic physics review; Calculus; or maybe some experience or understanding in basic hydraulics and pneumatics.
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