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PX264 - Physics of Fluids

  • Module code: PX264
  • Module name: Physics of Fluids
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module should explain why PDEs (with associated boundary conditions) are an appropriate model for fluids. You should learn how physical ideas and limiting cases can help analyse these PDEs which, in general, cannot be solved. These include the role of the Reynolds number, laminar viscous flow, the boundary layer concept and irrotational flow. The module also prepares you for future applied mathematics modules.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to: Recognise and write down the equations of motion for incompressible fluids (the Navier- Stokes equations) and understand the origin and physical meaning of the various terms including the boundary conditions; Derive Poiseuille's formula and understand the conditions for it to be a valid description of fluid flow; Use dimensional analysis to analyse fluid flows. In particular, you should appreciate the relevance of the Reynolds number; Simplify the equations of motion in the case of incompressible irrotational flow and solve them for simple cases including vortices; Explain the boundary layer concept.

Timetabled teaching activities

about 18 Lectures

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year2/px264

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX264-7.5)
B (Examination only) Physics of Fluids (Summer) 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange) PART YEAR 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 2
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 2