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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2000
If you are new to the area of Fluid Mechanics and need a text to learn the fundamentals, this book is the perfect choice. The text gradually builds on previous material and you almost never get lost reading it. Most equations are derived step by step with detailed explanations of the assumptions made and the mathematical modifications done. The organization of the book is suitable such that one can cover both theoretical and practical aspects of fluids in seperate chapters. I should also mention the wise selection of the example problems. They really help you understand what is going on. Finally, I believe this is an excellent book for any engineer working in the area of fluid mechanics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is easily go to be one of the best books that I have ever used for a core Mechanical Engineering subject. In each chapter the explanation of content is very thorough and the examples are explained in reference to the text, unlike some textbooks that skip steps or do not explain algebraic signs. It also has many sections explaining the real life relevance of the content and all the examples are very beneficial to improving your understanding.

Additionally there are videos that demonstrate certain fluid concepts very clearly. I am proud to have Munson's Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics sitting on my bookshelf. In addition the index is absolutely superb, if you are looking for a certain concept such as 'pressure head' you will find indexes to the content sections aswell as page numbers of the examples it is used (and explained) in. Buy this book over any other!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2008
In my search for books on engineering and physics, I must say this book is great for those of us garage-gadgeteers that need a little mathematical direction for design. The book is absolutely loaded with picture illustrations that depict the physics/fluid mechanics formulas in discussion. It's hard for someone to grasp concepts when all you have to look at is a bunch of numbers, graphs or symbols. The authors did a sweet job of making a complicated subject simple enough to get the non-geniuses interested and engaged in learning something very important. Not to say that this book is too basic for college use- quite the contraire, even seasoned engineers will find this book insightful, detailed and well-rounded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2007
This is how a textbook should be written. All topics are introduced with theory and background information to begin with the presentation of the material. After the theory and equations are run through, there are numerous *solved examples* to back up the theory. Examples of different types and with different approaches are all covered.

The end of chapter problems are well set up to really exercise your thinking ability and they really strengthen your comprehension of the material (since the challenging problems force you to go back into the chapter and expand on what you've already learned).

Interesting examples are all geared toward designing systems and the analysis of the performance of those systems.

In disagreement with one reviewer, the text is not wordy or lofty at all. All explanations are concise and to the point with no extra beating around the bush.

Overall the textbook is one of the best I've come across.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2008
Good introduction to Fluid Mechanics. Covers everything needed to pass FE exam in Mechanical Engineering. Integral methods are better in Fox & McDonald and it is not as thorough as Wilcox. However, an easier read than the later two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
I felt that this textbook was easy to follow, and that the example problems were well selected. The examples illustrate practical application and do a great job at helping the reader to understand the methodology.
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on January 29, 2013
Likely you are purchasing this book for a class and not to start some new hobby in fluid mechanics. This is one of those books that has helped me in very surprising ways both in work and in life. It's a pretty serious, technical text, but if you are not faint of heart it's a pretty good book .
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on February 19, 2009
To make this review quick I am a engineering major so as you can guess fluid dynamics is a required corse. F.D.M. is the designated book for this class. It gets the job done. Examples are thorough and clear. Plenty of problems to work out. Buy this book if you need it.
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on February 9, 2014
I used this book for my Fluid Mech class back in college. Once in a while, I find myself opening up the book for a quick reference for work related projects.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The book is pretty well written for an engineering book. We have only found one incorrect answer in the back so far. The supplemental materials are very helpful and insightful like the website with the videos and examples. As with most books with a code they put the cd holder in the front with just a code in it which wont come out cleanly so it wont interfere with the way the pages lay which is quite annoying. Overall I think it is very useful for an introductory fluids book.
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