Spring 2023 - MSE 223 D100

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (4)

Class Number: 1008

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2023
    Sat, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 140, MATH 251, and (MATH 260 or MATH 310).



Physical properties of fluids and fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics. Hydrostatics. Conservation laws for mass, momentum and energy. Flow similarity and dimensional analysis as applied to engineering problems in fluid mechanics. Laminar and turbulent flow. Engineering applications such as flow measurement, flow in pipes and fluid forces on moving bodies. Students with credit for ENSC 283 or SEE 225 may not take MSE 223 for further credit.


This is an introductory course in fluid mechanics. The approach to the subject emphasizes the physical concepts of fluid mechanics and methods of analysis that begin from fundamental principles. It covers:

Properties of fluids. Basic flow analysis techniques. Basic concepts: velocity field, stress, flow patterns, classification of fluid motion. Fluid statics: pressure distributions, hydrostatic forces on submerged surfaces, buoyancy and stability. Integral analysis of fluid motion: conservation of mass, momentum balance, energy balance. Differential analysis of fluid motion. Dimensional analysis and similarity. Flow in pipes and pipe systems.

It is recommended that you take MSE 221 (SEE 221, ENSC 385) before taking this Course. 


Weekly Schedule (tentative):

  1. Introduction and properties of fluids
  2. Hydrostatics
  3. Buoyancy and stability
  4. Control volume analysis: Fundamentals
  5. Control volume analysis: Mass and momentum conservation
  6. Control volume analysis: Energy equation
  7. Frictionless flow: Bernoulli equation
  8. Differential analysis: Fundamentals
  9. Differential analysis: Applications
  10. Dimensional analysis
  11. Scaling laws and design of experiments
  12. Laminar internal flows
  13. Turbulent internal flows


  • Assignments 15%
  • Lab Reports 15%
  • Midterms 35%
  • Final 35%


No make-up midterm exams will be offered. If a student misses a midterm exam due to illness or extenuating circumstances, the weight of the midterm exam will be added to the Final Exam.




The course instructor will work through selected problems and answer questions about lecture material and/or recommended homework problems. Individual help will also be provided.



There are four laboratory exercises for this course. Lab manuals will be posted on Canvas. During the lab period, students will work in groups. Attendance during the laboratory exercise is mandatory. 

Lab 1: Hydrostatic Pressure 

Lab 2: Buoyancy and Stability of a Floating Body

Lab 3: Bernoulli Equation

Lab 4: Friction in Laminar and Turbulent Pipe Flow




ISE Fluid Mechanics, 9th Edition

Frank M. White, McGraw-Hill, 2021


Supplementary Book:

Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, 6th Edition

Yunus A. Cengel, John M. Cimbala, and Afshin J. Ghajar, McGraw-Hill, 2022



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