- Hardcover: 776 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (November 3, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471124648
- ISBN-13: 978-0471124641
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.4 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 5th Edition
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From the Back Cover
A proven problem-solving approach in Fluid Mechanics now integrated with Excel!
Fox, McDonald & Pritchard provide a balanced approach to fluid mechanics that arms students with a proven problem-solving methodology. Students will learn to adopt an orderly approach to solving problems.
- Providing a fresh look, new co-author Philip J. Pritchard, of Manhattan College, has clarified and improved descriptions and explanations throughout the book.
- The text emphasizes the control volume concept to provide a practical problem solving approach that is theoretically inclusive.
- 116 detailed example problems illustrate important concepts; each problem is solved in complete detail to demonstrate good solution procedure.
- 45 example problems have associated Excel/workbooks that enable students to perform “What if?” scenarios when studying the examples; many of the workbooks can be modified to solve end-of-chapter problems.
- Students can use Excel to vary problems parameters to gain insight into the behavior of complex solutions.
- 1315 end-of-chapter problems, with varying degrees of difficulty, provide the opportunity to practice building problem-solving skills.
- The CD accompanying the text includes: special and/or advanced topic sections for further study that are not include in the printed text, 45 example problem workbooks in Excel, and “A Brief Review of Microsoft Excel” (an introduction to Excel’s basic features, and such advanced features as Solver and macros).
About the Author
Robert W. Fox, Purdue University
Alan T. McDonald, Purdue University
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Top customer reviews
1)Fluid mechanics is a difficult subject and the conceptual explanations along with the fairly easy example problems lulled me into a false sense of security that I had grasped the concepts and how to do the problems...until midterms came. I ended up having to study off of two other fluid mechanics books I had found in the school library.
2) The problems given at the end of the chapter were WAY more difficult than the example problems. Many of my classmates couldn't figure out the answers and ended up looking for the solutions manual online... we did not learn much. I think the problems should build up in difficulty as you go. I feel that if they did structure the problems in the manner I had just suggested, students would get to slowly develop conceptual understanding as well as practice with problem-solving in fluid mechanics.
If you are a professor, PLEASE PLEASE do not use this book to teach introductory fluid mechanics! I find that many customers who had given this book a good review were those who had used it as a reference or review material... basically those who had already learned fluid mechanics. I'm a student from one of the University of California schools and our professors do not get to choose the book of their choice. If you are one of those professors stuck teaching with this book, please at least TEACH what this book lacks (conceptual depth), assign do-able homework problems from a different text, provide higher-difficulty examples, or refer students to additional resources where they can actually learn fluid mechanics!
In my opinion, I find the book to be very enjoyable to both read and study from. It provides concise derivations for Reynolds Transport Theorem, Bernoulli's Equation, Navier-Stokes Equations and others that are necessary to understand fluid mechanics. The example problems are useful and well laid out. What some students may not like is that the book tends to take a more long winded approach to solving certain problems. However that approach is the proper one when solving more complex fluid mechanic problems.
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