**Physics 472B**

**Fluid Dynamics module**

**Spring 2020**

**Office Hours: **

Monday 3:30-5:00pm in 112 Reich

Wednesday 11:30-1:30pm in 112 Reich

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**This syllabus is located at:
http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/472b_spring_2020.html **

**Course Syllabus**

**Course Content: ** Fluid Dynamics
deals with fluid motion. Basic properties and configurations place important
constraints on the dynamics of the fluid. These "fluids" can be oceans, atmospheres,
ionized atmospheres, molten rock and even ice. We will develop some of the mathematical
(and hopefully intuitive) tools to study these dynamical systems.

Characteristics of fluids

Basic fluid dynamics

Waves and instabilities

Introduction to Turbulence

**Prerequisites:** Algebra, trigonometry
and calculus will be used extensively. Plus a bit of differential equations
and a little PDEs.

**Materials Needed: **

Interesting Text: |
Fluid Mechanics, |

Calculators: |
No calculators may be used during exams. Otherwise, buy yourself a nice one. A basic, simple scientific calculator with trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions is all that you need. |

**Lectures:** 1:00pm MWF in 207 Reich. *The
lectures supplement but do not substitute for the reading.* Lectures
will cover the major topics, emphasizing and discussing the important
points. They are not sessions to regurgitate material already written
in the text. Your personal participation is important.

**Homework:** There will be approximately
one homework assignment per week. The assignment will be given out (and posted
on the web and in the hall in front of my office) on Wednesdays and will be
due in on the following Friday in class. You are encouraged to work with others
on the homework, but make sure the paper you turn in is not simply copied from
someone else. These assignments help me assess your understanding of the material,
and will count toward your final grade.

**Late problem sets will not be accepted.**

**Hour Exams:** Exams will be given during
lecture on:

March 28

The exams will be closed-book, but you will be given one side of an 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet with most of the needed equations. No calculators are allowed. The exams will be graded and handed back as soon as possible.

**Grading:** The course grade will consist
of the following components (though I reserve the right to make grade adjustments
based on performance trends):

1 hour exam 33 % Homework 33 % Participation 33 %

I grade on a curve however to satisfy university requirments, above 95% will
be at least an A, above 85% will be at least a B above 75% will be at least
a C, above 65% will be at least a D (in most cases the actual curve is significently
lower!).

**Contacting Me:** I have office hours as
listed above. You can drop by at other times if I'm not busy, or make an appointment.
I am (almost) *never* available before class.

**Special Needs:** The Office of
Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and
insures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials.
We will work with the Office of Disabilities Services (203 WHIT, 474-7043)
to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.

**Plagiarism etc:** Plagiarism and
cheating are matters of serious concern for students and academic institutions.
This is true in this class as well. The UAF Honor Code (or Student
Code of Conduct) defines academic standards expected at the University
of Alaska Fairbanks which will be followed in this class. (Taken from the UAF
plagiarism web site, which has many links with good information about this
topic)

**Complaints and Concerns:** You are always
welcome to talk to me about anything, however, if you have a non-subject matter
question or concern that cannot be resolved by me, contact the department chair,
Dr. Wackerbauer, Physics Department Office, room 102 NSCI.

**Alternate References:** To see the same
topics explained differently, try the following:

Fluid Mechanics, P. Kundu, Academic Press

Elementary Fluid Dynamics, D. J. Acheson, Oxford Press

Physical Fluid Dynamics, D. J. Tritton, Oxford University Press MAthematical FLuid Mechanics, Richard Meyers, Dover Press An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, J. Holton

Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, Adrian E. Gill, Academic Press

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Joseph Pedlosky, Springer-Verlag

Lectures on Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Rick Salmon, Oxford University Press

Here is a good web site on how to study physics which might be of interest and use: How to study physics

**General Advice:** Physics is not
something you read and memorize, rather it is something you learn how
to do. Try the following study procedure:

- Read the chapter prior to lecture, so that you will know what it's about.
- Listen carefully to the lecture and take notes.
- This is crucial:
*Do not go back and read and re-read*the chapter until you "understand it." Rather, start working problems, going back through the chapter to clarify points as they come up. I suggest you try to answer all "Checkpoint" problems in the text and the questions at the end of the chapter. If you understand these, you've probably understood the salient points of the chapter. - Think! Don't simply try to fit the problems into the form of another problem, think through the problem first.
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