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Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics Paperback – October 26, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470926536 ISBN-10: 0470926538 Edition: 6th Edition Student Value Edition
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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6th Edition Student Value Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470926538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470926536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gumby on October 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In describing this textbook, one should carefully delineate between the authors text and the publishers product. The authors text is excellent: the publisher's product is not. I especially like Chapter Six's Differential Analysis of a Fluid Flow. This explanation is much easier to follow than what's found in any of my other fluids textbooks.

Now the ugly rub is that this is a Wiley textbook, so it's exorbitantly expensive, uses Imperial units obfuscate example explanations, and it includes Wiley's terrible databank problems. From the forth edition onward, there seems little or no real correlation between the text and problems in the chapter, so I assume that is when the publisher switched from the author's problems to their own test bank.

When I finish this class and sell back the expensive textbook (for whatever I can still get), I'll buy an old edition for reference. I see that non-current editions are selling for about 2% of what the new edition goes for, which is a better reflection of real value in the market (as opposed to artificially inflated prices for 'required' texts).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bhanna on October 5, 2011
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Something strange happened with the formatting when they created this book. Quite often words will be broken up with big empty spaces (sometimes the size of a word) in the middle. For example, surface becomes surf ace, and device is de vice. Sometimes two words are printed on top of each other in the same space. The broken up words often occur several times on each page, but the overlapping text comes up less frequently. The content is the same as in the regular text, but it's a little jarring and sometimes confusing to read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Brink on February 26, 2012
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Okay, it's actually a well thought out, informative textbook. The authors should be proud.

That said, the publishers should be ashamed of themselves! Equations are jammed together so that half the variables are printed on the space of a single character, huge gaps are in the middle of many, many words. It's just terrible...
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First off I would like to say that the required book for my classes was the fluids book by Fox which was absolutely horrible. Everything was described with equations and there was no actual explanation of the fluid phenomenons. Therefore I bought this book in order to supplement my education, which has been a wonderful decision.

This book does a fine job of explaining the concepts of fluid statics and dynamics by using common language rather than equations. There are a lot of good examples that help you understand how the equations are applied. There is even an appendix section that gives insight into sub-areas of fluid mechanics (such as CFD) for people looking into furthering their studies.

I have had a great experience with this book and recommend it.

PS: A note for those struggling with the subject. Know Bernoulli's equation, the continuity equation and how to apply them. They are a large part of introductory fluid dynamics.
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The information is good, but this was a frustrating text to deal with. I had to get a pdf copy so that I could decipher some of the text, which would be overlaid on top of itself in some places, italics were clipped, and there were just really egregious errors that is indicative of these texts that are only spellchecked and not copy-edited before they're published. Really chafes me when publishers will do this, but still charge a premium for their product.

Do yourself a favor and do not purchase the international edition.
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By Garin on June 15, 2012
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This version of the "softcopy/reduced color/student value" book also has reduced information. Several tables that are supposed to be in the front and back covers that are NEEDED for problems are completely absent. I thought they would be located on different pages, but no. Kinda sucks. Had to print off charts from the internet and just keep them in my book. However the book is still worth the price cut, and I am glad I bought it.
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By Matt on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
The textbook itself is very useful. There is no color but it's still easy to learn the material. The only problem was that the tables had to be printed out from the Wiley website. The appendixes came with the book but the tables for some reason were not attached. The book itself was shipped very fast and in good condition. Overall, this is a great book for the value. You are just sacrificing color and a hard cover.
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I am a senior mechanical engineer student at Cal Poly. I did not buy this book when I took the class, instead I rented it. As a student that did not have rich parents, I know sometimes you want to save a couple of bucks by renting books or downloading them. This is one of the books you will continuously use as reference in your upper division classes, senior projects, and even in your career.
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