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Preface
The following materials are provided as a study guide for the text Fluid
Mechanics by Frank White. A brief summary of the key concepts and theory
is presented for each chapter along with the final form of basic equations
(without detailed derivations) used in the various analyses being presented.
In most cases, a detailed explanation for the physical significance of each
term in a fundamental governing equation is given (e.g., linear momentum,
pg. III8) to assist the student in identifying when a given term should be
included in the analysis.
Example problems are provided for major sections. In each case, the
starting general equation used in the solution is given followed by any
necessary simplifications and the resulting complete solution. Where
appropriate, the control volume and coordinate system used in the analysis
are shown with the problem schematic. In many cases, an explanation is
given with the final numerical answer to help the student understand the
engineering significance of the answer (e.g., forces on curved surfaces, pg.
II–18). In selected cases, computer based solutions to example problems are
provided as an example to the student in the use of computer based problem
solving techniques (e.g., parallel pipe sections, pg. VI23).
For problems areas involving multiple steps in the solution, a summary of
the steps used in a typical problem solution sequence is provided and
enclosed in a boxed border (e.g., rigid body motion, pg. II22). Areas where
the author’s experience has shown that mistakes in the analysis can easily
occur are noted as Key Points (e.g., laminar flat plate boundary layer, pg.
VII5) throughout the material.
Finally, the author of this study guide appreciates the opportunity to
contribute to the instructional materials provided with one of the leading
texts in the area of fluid mechanics and to collaborate with an educator with
whom he has long has the highest respect and had the privilege to further his
education in fluid mechanics while a student at Georgia Tech.  v v Jerry R. Dunn, P.E.
Associate Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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