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Course Syllabus

Course Information
ME 3315.001 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics – Spring 2011
Room: FN 2.106
Time: MWF 1:30 - 2:20 PM
Final: 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 6

Professor Contact Information

Prof. Matthew Goeckner
Office: NSERL 3.408 and ESCN 2.514
Phone: (972) 883-4292/3
Email: goeckner @ utdallas . edu
Office Hours:
MWF 12:30 to 1:30
When my office door is open – I am usually here from 9 to 5.
(Call first to find which office I am in!)
By specific appointment (please use email to set this up!)
Manali Shukla

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions

Prerequisites: MECH 2310 and MECH 3300 Co or Prerequisite: MECH 3115

Course Description
MECH 3315 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (3 semester hours) Lecture course.
Course material includes an introduction to the concepts and applications of fluid
mechanics and dimensional analysis with an emphasis on fluid behavior, internal
and external flows, analysis of engineering applications of incompressible pipe
systems, and external aerodynamics, ideal fluid flow including potential flow
theory, and computer solutions in ideal fluid flow.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

It is expected that the students will gain a fundamental physical and mathematical
understanding of this topic rather then memorizing the equations and situations.
By this, it is implied that the student will be able to correctly apply the course
content (given in an outline below) to new situations so as to evaluate potential
industrial applications of fluid theory through both physical induction and
mathematical analysis/computation. Such inductive and analytical reasoning will
be taught through classroom examples and homework, while it will be tested on

Required Textbooks and Materials

Most Homework will come from this Book

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R.W. Fox & A.T. McDonald’s Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 8th Edition
P.J. Pritchard
John Wiley, New York, 2009, ISBN 13: 978-0470547557

EE 3315 Class notes (Found on eLearning)

Suggested Course Materials

Outlines & Highlights for Introduction to Fluid Mechanics by Fox,
McDonald & Pritchard, ISBN: 0471202312

You should have this or a similar book from Math Methods (ME 3300)
Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 3rd Edition, Mary Boas,
John Wiley, New York, 1983, ISBN 0-471-04409-1

Schaum's Outline of Fluid Mechanics (Schaum's Outline Series)

M Potter and D Wiggert, McGraw-Hill; 1st edition (December 10, 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-0071487818

Assignments & Academic Calendar

(Topics, Reading Assignments, Due Dates, Exam Dates)
NOTE – This WILL change!)
Date Topic Chapter Notes Homework Comments
10-Jan Math review MJG Ch1
12-Jan MJG Ch1 MJG in DC
14-Jan Overview of Fluids MJG Ch2 MJG in DC
17-Jan MLK Day
19-Jan MJG Ch2 (NOTE!) In class
21-Jan MJG Ch2
24-Jan Kinteic theory MJG Ch3 Due
Last day to drop
26-Jan MJG Ch3 In class w/o W
28-Jan Fluid Statics Fox Ch 3
31-Jan Fox Ch 3 Due
2-Feb Fox Ch 3 3
4-Feb Basic Equations Fox Ch 4
7-Feb Fox Ch 4 Due
9-Feb Fox Ch 4 4
11-Feb Fox Ch 4
14-Feb Fluid Motion Fox Ch 5 Due
16-Feb Fox Ch 5 5
18-Feb Fox Ch 5
21-Feb Fox Ch 5 Due
23-Feb Review 5

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25-Feb Test 1
28-Feb Inviscid Flow Fox Ch 6 Due
2-Mar Fox Ch 6 6
4-Mar Fox Ch 6 Mid term grades
7-Mar Fox Ch 6 Due MJG in Japan
9-Mar Fox Ch 6 6 MJG in Japan
11-Mar Fox Ch 6
14-Mar Spring break Last day to drop
21-Mar Viscous Flow Fox Ch 8 Due
23-Mar Fox Ch 8 8
25-Mar Fox Ch 8
28-Mar Fox Ch 8 Due
30-Mar Fox Ch 8 8
1-Apr Fox Ch 8
4-Apr Fox Ch 9 Due
6-Apr Fox Ch 9 9
8-Apr Fox Ch 9
11-Apr Fox Ch 9 Due
13-Apr Fox Ch 9 9
15-Apr Review Test 2
18-Apr Compressable flow Fox Ch 12 Due
20-Apr Fox Ch 12 12
22-Apr Fox Ch 12
25-Apr Fox Ch 12 Due
27-Apr Fox Ch 12 12
29-Apr Fox Ch 12
2-May Review Due Final day

6-May Final

Grading Policy
Midterm 1 (Thru Basics of Fluid mech) 20% Approx Friday Feb 25th
Midterm 2 (Thru Incompressible flow) 20% Approx Friday. March 25th
Final (Comprehensive) 20% 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 6
Class Notes* 20% Due each Monday
Homework* 20% Due each Wednesday

*Homework and Notes are to be done on Engineering paper. Additionally

neatness and deadlines count. Homework and notes handed in late/not on proper

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paper or not neat will not be counted. This rule will be strictly enforced. (This
means that Homework and Notes must be handed-in in class)

Notes will be graded on a “COMPLETED” basis. (There is no partial credit.)

Class notes that have been turned in and graded as completed may be used
during exams.

Course & Instructor Policies

(make-up exams, extra credit, late work, special assignments, class attendance, classroom citizenship, etc.)

Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities

Below is a description of any travel and/or risk-related activity associated with this course.

Policies and Procedures for Students

The University of Texas at Dallas provides a number of policies and procedures designed to provide
students with a safe and supportive learning environment. Brief summaries of the policies and procedures
are provided for you at
procedures-text and include information about technical support, field trip policies, off-campus activities,
student conduct and discipline, academic integrity, copyright infringement, email use, withdrawal from
class, student grievance procedures, incomplete grades, access to Disability Services, and religious holy
days. You may also seek further information at these websites:
These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

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