Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Clarke


The basic equations of fluid dynamics; Cartesian tensors, the viscous stress tensor; equations of state; linearisation, sound and internal gravity waves; phase and group velocity; non-linear evolution; shocks; computational methods; Bernoulli's equation; vorticity and circulation; Kelvin's circulation theorem; rotational and irrotational flow; two dimensional homogenous incompressible flow; viscous effects and boundary layers; separation from a ball, with applications to cricket, golf and baseball; flow in a rotating reference frame, geostrophic flow.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the scope of fluid dynamics in the physical sciences;

  1. Apply the method of linearisation, and apply it to the dynamics of waves in fluids;

  1. Understand the physical reasons why waves may shock, and the nature of the developed shocks after they do;

  1. Appreciate blast wave solutions, and the method of similarity;

  1. Use several basic numerical methods for one dimensional gas dynamics, and understand their strengths and limitations;

  1. Understand how the fluid equations can be simplified for inviscid incompressible flow;

  1. Calculate some simple irrotational flows;

  1. Understand the effects of viscosity on high-speed flow, including the formation and behaviour of boundary layers;

  1. Appreciate the properties of rotating flows and the importance of the geostrophic approximation to flows on the surface of the Earth.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Assignments: 20%
Tests: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and an average of two 1-hour support classes per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MTH2010 or MTH2015, and MTH2032, or equivalent