Fundamentals of fluid dynamics with an introduction to the importance of interfaces

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The topics discussed are all related to basic fluid mechanics. In these introductory notes I highlight some of the main features of fluid flows and their mathematical characterization. There is much physical intuition encapsulated in the differential equations, and one of our goals is to gain more experience (i) understanding the governing equations and various related principles of kinematics, (ii) developing intuition with approximating the equations, (iii) applying the principles to a wide range of problems, which includes (iv) being able to rationalize scaling laws and quantitative trends, often without having a detailed solution in hand. Where possible we provide examples of the ideas with 'soft interfaces' in mind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSoft Interfaces
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages77
ISBN (Print)9780198789352
StatePublished - Nov 23 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Fluid flows
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Mathematical description
  • Partial differential equations


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