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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


MAE 3230 Introductory Fluid Mechanics

Course description

Topics include physical properties of fluids, hydrostatics, conservation laws using control volume analysis and using differential analysis, Bernoulli’s equation, potential flows, simple viscous flows (solved with Navier-Stokes equations), dimensional analysis, pipe flows, boundary layers. Introduction to compressible flow. Outcome 1: Students will be able to use the fundamental principles and mathematical basis underlying the conservation equations. Outcome 2: Be able to identify the guiding principles in a given fluid problem, to formulate the governing equations, and so to solve basic engineering problems. Outcome 3: Recognize the difference between an ideal fluid and a viscous fluid, and to understand the limitations of the solutions for real practical fluid flows. Understand the difference between a simple solution and a real practical problem. Outcome 4: Understand where their analysis might involve approximations and empirical approaches; for example, pipe flows and boundary layer flows. Outcome 5: Have improved their ability to formulate an ordered approach to problem solving, using words of explanation in derivations, and algebra before substituting numerical values that allows neat analytical solutions and dimensional analysis.

Seek permission of instructor if not a Cornell Engineering student.


ENGRD 2020 and MAE 2030, and pre/co-registration in ENGRD 2210, or permission of instructor.


Pre/co-registration in ENGRD 2210


MAE 3230 001-LEC On-campus program: Engineering Cooperative Education Program

Class dates:May 23-July 3, 2019
Days/times:MTWR 10 AM - 11:15 AM Upson Hall 222
Notes:Permission of instructor required if not a Cornell Engineering student.
Tuition:Please see Engineering Co-op tuition.
Related:MAE 3230 201-DIS

MAE 3230 201-DIS On-campus program: Engineering Cooperative Education Program

Class dates:May 23-July 3, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:TR 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Upson Hall 222
Instructor:Backer, L. (lcb96)
Isaza, J.
Max. enroll:35
Tuition:Please see Engineering Co-op tuition.
To enroll:Enroll online or submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in MAE 3230 001-LEC

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