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Mechanics of Fluids Hardcover – January 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0070563872 ISBN-10: 007056387X Edition: 3 Sub

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  • Series: Mcgraw Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering
  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 3 Sub edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007056387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070563872
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irving Shames is one of the best-known scholars in the field of engineering mechanics. He pioneered the use of vector calculus techniques in teaching statics and dynamics. He has written successful books in solid mechanics as well as fluid mechanics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Bueche Jr. on April 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
There is no doubt that Fluid Dynamics is possibly the hardest subject in Mechanical Engineering. The reason, almost all situations in Fluids are non-linear. It is important, for undergrads to realize that this book is not intended for an introductory Fluids class. notice that the title is not "Introduction to Fluid Mechanics", this is a graduate level book! If you are using this book for an intro level fluids book than your professor either has no taste or he is trying to push you to be ready for a graduate level course in Fluid mechanics. Specifically, the author does a great job developing the governing differential equations. In particular the Navier-Stokes Equations. He not only describes how the equation comes about, but he also describes how to take this non-linear, non-homogenous, partial differntial equation with 3 equations (4 unknowns) and simplify it to solve real world problems. For those of you griping about how bad this book is, I suggest you look at "Introduction to Fluid Mechanics" by Fox and McDonald. This book is excellent for the novice, then move up to a "real" Fluids book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tomas Ponce on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is great, just like his other books. My advantage was that Dr. Shames actually taught this class when I took it. The book is very useful in preparing the undergrad for fluids and aerospace engineering fields with good explanations of important theory.

The examples are simple because the theory is hard. This book is NOT a cook book plug and chug type of formula book for fluids.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent textbook.....if you already have a PhD. in Fluid Mechanics. As a textbook for an undergraduate course though, it is useless except possibly for using as a very large paper weight. The text completely lacks any useful examples. Most are far too simplistic to be of any use in solving the end of the chapter problems. As far as the writing style is concerned, the author fails to put items in a distinct clearly stated way. The text also lacks proper end of the chapter reviews of the material, which should highlight the important concepts and equations for quick reference. The back of the text has solutions, but only to certain problems and, as usual, in McGraw-Hill texts, only to the most basic and simplistic questions. In essence this text is a poor example to be used for teaching the classs, unless of course the instructor makes the solution manual available, in which case the student may have an outside chance of understanding the course concepts. I really I wish I had been like my friends...they photocopied the necessary chapters for our course and saved themselves about $80.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is certainly not intended for undergraduate. But this is a great book if you are a graduate pursuing deeper study in fluid mechanics. To bridge the gap it would be best for undergrad to read other 'introduction to fluid mechanics' book first. And continue to this book after you had a strong background in vector-matrix & tensor analysis. To my opinion i think the fluid static part is still suitable for undergrad - especially the buoyancy part, but its fluid dynamics analysis is far too advanced for undergrad and they should find better understanding in other introductory books.
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