- Series: McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering
- Hardcover: 896 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 6 edition (October 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0073309206
- ISBN-13: 978-0073309200
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The major strength of this book is that it is remarkably un-assuming of the reader. Most of the topics discussed are self-contained with much of the physics and mathematics expressed within accessible bounds to a young, becoming Mechanical Engineer. In particular, the book contains many good, fully worked-out examples and problems.
To begin, the first section is on hydrostatics, and although the physics is fairly simple, we observe how to deal with the difficulties of handling the geometry of the system. In particular, we learn how to calculate force and moment on a dam of varying profile.
The next section focuses on control volume (CV) analysis: this systematic technique of problem solving is perhaps the monkey wrench of mechanical engineering. A very very large number of problems can be solved with this approach, and many more can be approximated with it. F. White does a fantastic job of using CV analysis with regards to the most important physical quantities: momentum, moment, energy, and mass. Again, the book is filled with a number of fully-worked examples and even more end-of-chapter problems.
We next move into the heart of fluid dynamics, that is the differential equations of momentum and mass. Here, the author takes a lot of care in deriving the partial differential equations (PDE's) with the aid of numerous illustrations. Illustrations in engineering context cannot be under-estimated, and the author seems whole-heartedly agree. Although the equations of motion are not derived in the most fundamental way, it is quite insightful and wholly sufficient for an engineer beginning their training. In this way, however, I believe that physics students *would not benefit* from this approach. Although I am ignorant of resources more germane to their field of study, I cannot recommend this text to them.
The last topic I will include in this review regards the coverage of viscous effects in duct flow. This will most likely be the students first foray into non-dimensional parameters and the text justifiably over-emphasizes its importance. When I first studied this topic in class, the purpose of non-dimensionalising variables seemed abstruse and round-about; however, today I am very grateful for the efforts spent on this mode of thought since I can now appreciate the science of approximation and the error associated with the computation of quantities of various orders of magnitude.
The text covers a few more topics, but the key engineering tools are mentioned above. For a more advanced/thorough/mathematical text, look to Kundu's classical book "Fluid Mechanics" as a follow-up.