Syllabus for EGM-331



Fluid Mechanics is defined as the science that deals with the behavior of fluids at rest (fluid statics) and in motion (fluid dynamics), and the interaction of fluids with solids or other fluids at the boundaries.

Recall that stress is defined as force per unit area. The normal (perpendicular) component of a force acting on a surface per unit area is called the normal stress and for a fluid at rest, is known as pressure. The tangential (parallel) component of a force acting on a surface per unit area is called shear stress. A fluid at rest is at a state of zero shear stress.

To begin, we must first understand what is called the no-slip condition between some fluid and a solid surface (which is the development of boundary layers between the two). Next, we classify various types of fluid flow (viscous versus inviscid regions of flow, internal versus external flow, compressible versus incompressible flow, laminar versus turbulent flow, natural versus forced flow, and steady versus unsteady flow). Fluid properties, such as vapor pressure and viscosity, and boundary properties, such as surface tension, are discussed and used to describe various fluid flow problems encountered in practice.

In studying fluid statics, hydrostatic forces acting on submerged bodies are considered. The buoyant force applied by fluids on submerged or floating bodies, and the stability of such bodies, are examined.

Bernoulli’s equation is derived by applying Newton’s second law to a fluid element along a streamline. The conservation of kinetic, potential, and flow energies of a fluid, where viscous forces are negligible, results in an energy equation that is used in a variety of applications.

To solve fluid flow problems fast and simply, without a significant loss of accuracy, a finite control volume momentum analysis is presented. Using Reynolds transport theorem and Newton’s laws, the linear and angular momentum equations for control volumes are developed. These are used to determine the forces and torques associated with fluid flow.

Flow through pipes and ducts, including entrance region and the fully developed region, is analyzed. The pressure drop associated with fluid flows is used to determine pumping power requirements for various piping systems.

External flow, which is flow over bodies that are immersed in a fluid, result in lift and drag forces. Analysis of the velocity boundary layer formed when there is parallel flow over a various surfaces provides relations for skin friction and drag coefficients. The lift developed by airfoils and factors that affect the lift characteristics of bodies are discussed.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Classify fluid flow in terms of fluid properties, including viscosity, vapor pressure, velocity fields, surface tension, capillary effect, cavitation.
  2. Explain how hydrostatic forces act on submerged plane and curved surfaces and account for buoyancy and stability effects.
  3. Use data from manometers such as the piezometer tube, the U-tube or the pitot-static tube to measure pressure differences and determine flows.
  4. Derive Bernoulli’s equation for steady, inviscid, incompressible flow using Newton’s second law and conservation of energy principle.
  5. Use Bernoulli’s equation to solve problems involving confined flows, free jets, and flow-rate measurements (orifice, nozzle, venturi meter).
  6. State Reynolds Transport Theorem for flow (steady and unsteady) through a control volume.
  7. Solve fluid flow problems where the flow is steady or unsteady using the Continuity equation and a fixed, non-deforming control volume.
  8. Distinguish between laminar flow and turbulent flow in pipes.
  9. Solve fluid flow problems using different piping networks.
  10. State the three pump laws for centrifugal pumps and apply them to pump situations.
  11. Explain the concept of drag and lift for flows over plane surfaces, cylindrical and spherical surfaces.
  12. Describe how friction and pressure drag affects fluid flows inside and outside various fixed, non-deforming geometrical shapes.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  • Cengel, Y. A., Turner, R. H., & Cimbala, J. M. (2012). Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences with Student Resource DVD, 4th Edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

ISBN-13 9780077422400

Note:  This course will cover Part II of this book.  This book is also used in the EGM-221: Thermodynamics and EGM-323: Heat Transfer courses.


Fluid Mechanics is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Course objectives covered in this module include objective # 1

Course objectives covered in this module include objective # 2

Course objectives covered in this module include objective # 3, 4, 5

Course objectives covered in this module include objective # 6, 7

Course objectives covered in this module include objective # 8, 9, 10

Course objectives covered in this module include objective # 11, 12


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take module quizzes, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete six discussion forum assignments. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Application Exercises

You are required to complete six Application Exercises. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Final Project/Paper

This course requires each student to complete a final paper.  The paper will be your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the ability to transfer and utilize knowledge learned throughout this course.

Requirements:  Minimum 10 pages, double-spaced, using APA or MLA citation protocols.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook  located within the General Information page of the course Web site.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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