Ideal Fluids

  • Jay Newman

The biological world could not exist apart from fluids. Water is the primary constituent of our bodies and of all animals and plants and it is difficult to imagine life without water. All life on Earth is also bathed in fluids, namely air or water, and the exchange of gases (oxygen and carbon dioxide) is required for all life as well. In this and the next chapter we study fluid mechanics, composed of the subjects of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. These are generalizations of the statics and dynamics we have already studied and we use many of the fundamental principles and methods that have been developed. The major difference here is that we treat the fluid as a smooth continuous medium that continually exerts forces on immersed objects over their entire contact surface.

First pressure is introduced and we examine fluid flow of simple ideal fluids, those having no frictional losses of mechanical energy, showing how to apply the conservation laws we have learned to fluid motion. We...


Buoyant Force Ideal Fluid Gauge Pressure Hydrostatic Equilibrium Oval Window 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay Newman
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA

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