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Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 5th Edition Hardcover – February 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0073398105 ISBN-10: 0073398101 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1106 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 5th edition (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073398101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073398105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John D. Anderson, Jr. is the Curator of Aerodynamics at the National Air & Space Museum Smithsonian Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland.

Customer Reviews

This book is very well organized, and helps you to understand the relevance of each topic.
Kirill Nadtochiy
I highly recommend it for any aerospace or mechanical engineer, or any scientific mind who want to learn more about the fundamentals of fluid flow.
tyanderson91
I highly recommned this book if you want a quick read that doesnt go into exhaustive detail.
Jordan Wu

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By tyanderson91 on January 15, 2012
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I was not looking forward to going into AE 202 (Low Speed Aerodynamics) at Georgia Tech. I was expecting hard work and confusion and, at first, that's exactly what I got. I was completely lost; that is until I started reading this book more carefully. I was scared going into the first test, but I started studying and re-reading the first few sections, and everything became as clear as day. I went through the same process for the second test, and by the final I felt like I was a master of incompressible flow, entirely thanks to this book.
Make no mistake, though, this book covers flows in the entire range of Mach numbers. I skimmed through chapters on supersonic and even hypersonic flow, and I was more than impressed. The book explains the fundamental science behind fluid flow, as well as applications to aerospace vehicles.
While my professor went away from this book to treat viscous flows, I found these chapters to be more than helpful. Since it is just an introductory book, it only treats a subset of flow solutions, like Couette flow and Blasius solutions, but it does provide enough references to guide you towards more advanced concepts. Because of this book, I now have a keen interest in aerodynamics. I highly recommend it for any aerospace or mechanical engineer, or any scientific mind who want to learn more about the fundamentals of fluid flow.
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This is probably as good as it gets when it comes to aerospace reading material. Very easy to read and understand. This book is very well organized, and helps you to understand the relevance of each topic. It takes you by the hand and nicely walks you though complicated concepts like it wasn't rocket science.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on August 2, 2013
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I am currently working on a BS and MS in aerospace engineering as well as doing research on aerodynamics at a major company. This book is a necessity for any aerospace major or anyone else working/studying in the field. It provides fantastic introductory material as well as some advanced topics and is also a great reference in the workplace. It is well-written and easy to understand as well as actually being very interesting as far as textbooks go.

I buy very few textbooks, I don't think that most of them are worth the money. But Fundamentals of Aerodynamics has paid for itself many times over and I really cannot emphasize enough how great this book is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cypher on September 22, 2014
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This book is a great primer for new aerospace students, but it lacks a lot of information. In particular, it is very sparse on compressible flow information.

I would recommend this as a textbook for a first round of aero, but after that, its time to graduate to something better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francisco on November 16, 2012
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It is a book to learn and enjoy.
Any person without knowledge of aerodynamics or fluid mechanics can understand and follow the explanation of the issues.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric F. on December 31, 2012
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This book is jam packed with a truck load of information, however it's very rarely explained, and the samples are few and far between, roughly one for every 10 formulae. Also, the numerical symbology is consistent, however if you forgot what 'theta' represents, you'll be looking for a while to find its reference again. The appendices are difficult to follow if you're without prior knowledge of how they interact. The book is very thoroughly researched, but isn't a good platform to understand the subject
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By Pilot Boy on March 8, 2014
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I bought this book because I am fascinated by the complexity of aerodynamics. As a novice, this book goes into quite a bit of detail and satisfied my desires.
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By Professor on February 10, 2014
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I read previous reviews before I bought this book. I agree wholeheartedly with those good reviews. I intend to use this book in my Mechanical Engineering class. Sure, there are many equations but the author never loses sight of their usefulness. My only complaint is that it is an expensive book, but is worth every cent paid.
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