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Fluid Mechanics with Student DVD (McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering) 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0077422417
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About the Author

Frank M White is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He studied at Georgia Tech and M.I.T. In 1966 he helped found, at URI, the first department of ocean engineering in the country. Known primarily as a teacher and writer, he has received eight teaching awards and has written four textbooks on fluid mechanics and heat transfer. From 1979 to 1990 he was editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and then served from 1991 to 1997 as chairman of the ASME Board of Editors and of the Publications Committee. He is a Fellow of ASME and in 1991 received the ASME Fluids Engineering Award.

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Product Details

  • Series: McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering
  • Hardcover: 862 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 7 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077422414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077422417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Y. Zhu on December 15, 2011
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Overall, this is a solid book for fluid mechanics. I just used it for my first semester fluids class, and both my friends and I enjoyed it! It offers fairly clear explanations, excellent example problems, and is interesting, concise, and offers a lot of clearly illustrated figures, as well as a lot of excellent problems at the end of the chapters. So, why the 4 stars? Well, here are the problems with the book:

- Many of the solutions at the end of the book are wrong... which is very frustrating since this is the 7th printing of this textbook.
- The book skips a lot of steps sometimes (especially during the Navier-Stokes equations section, which is very frustrating for someone first learning the subject). In general, this book assumes you have a very strong math background (i.e. you can instantly recognize and solve diff. eqs, double/triple integrals)
- Not enough examples - the examples White does go through are very basic compared to the problems at the end of the chapters. However, this can be easily fixed by searching for additional practice problems online.

All in all, this is a solid book.. it is overall very readable and interesting, assuming you have a strong math background. Just be familiar with some basic first order diff eqs, some linear algebra, and multivariable and you should be fine!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cornsnicker3 on May 21, 2011
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I used this text book for my college's Fluids I and Fluids II courses.

The text wasn't used as heavily in Fluids I, but in Fluids II, this text was our complete source of equations and overall explanation.

The text explains the material well, as well as covering much of the content in an example or two. The homework problems are very difficult, but have the answers to all of the even ones so that you can check yourself as you progress. The problems will become harder and more complex as you get through them, but the concepts will become clearer as you solve more and more of the problems.

The tables and charts are detailed and give a lot of useful information for solving just about everything in the text.

The main disadvantage is that there are equations in the compressible flow portion of the text that were not included because the author expects the CD included to be used to compute the values necessary.

Other than that, this is a solid text book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean on October 13, 2014
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I was sent the SI edition of the book, which first of all doesn't have the same cover thats pictured. Second, it has less than half of the same questions that i need for class because it is not the regular edition. Im dissapointed in the fact that it was included in the same section since it is still a different book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gimme that Loot on October 6, 2013
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Good explanations and examples. Many examples are presented in the text some of which can be difficult to follow. Tough subject, but book makes it easier. Solutions are readily found online which allows for infinite practice problems.

Not sure how useful this would be after graduation...I would recommend renting unless you plan going into some fluid related field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 21, 2013
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I loved this book cause I had a hard time learning in class. this book helped me get the main topics and know how to apply them. it defiantly helped me get through fluids class.
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By Chris&Karma on August 10, 2015
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I failed a class with this book. Took it again and got an A. If the book is hard to understand blame the professor not the book. With the proper guidance I found the book to be a very useful tool to help me master Fluids. I did not use the book exclusively. Youtube is a life saver. I gave the book 4 stars because I did need to go to outside resources to better understand some of the material. A few of the chapters are complete mathematical gibberish that can be bypassed with a little common sense. I just put the book down and used Youtube for these chapters. Most of the solutions are on Chegg and that is a big help. I know the new edition is out. A lot of the problems are the same with just a different problem number, so this book is still good to get just for that reason..plus it is a lot cheaper now. A guy in my class had an ancient version of the text and it worked for him.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Winter Wong on January 1, 2012
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I understand this course is hard in general, however this book was no help whatsoever. Book is very bad at explaining the topics unless you're good in the subject. The book tends to skip steps in the solutions, and most of them are simple in comparison to the assignment problems. The only thing good about this book is they give out a lot of work problems at the end of each chapter.

pros: lots of work problems
cons: hard to read, skips steps in solutions
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Put this on your night stand. Problem solved!

Obviously this is dense material, so maybe I am being a bit harsh. I feel that sometimes I have to re-read parts just to come close to fully understanding the point being delivered. The problems in the back of the book are nice. I think I will update this after my course is through so I can be a little more on point.
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