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Kinematics of fluids
Kinematics of fluids

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Successful study of this free OpenLearn course, Kinematics of fluids, should enhance your skills in communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly, expressing problems in mathematical language and interpreting mathematical results in real-world terms.

You should now be able to:

  • derive the pathlines and the streamlines in Cartesian and polar form from a velocity field
  • derive the stream function from a velocity field
  • model different flows from a combination of uniform flows, sources, sinks and doublets
  • use the continuity equation to determine whether an inviscid flow is incompressible
  • understand how Euler’s equation is derived, what it represents, and use it to find the pressure distribution from a velocity.

This free OpenLearn course is an extract from the Open University course MST326 Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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