Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Hydrodynamics 1
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
FG26020 or PM26020 or MP26020
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Open Book Written Examination   80%
Semester Assessment Problem sheets  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Open Book Written Examination   100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. explain the notions of local and convected rates of change;
2. calculate the vorticity of an ideal fluid flow;
3. evaluate the incompressibility condition for a given velocity field;
4. apply and solve the equations governing the flow of an ideal fluid in specific situations;

Brief description

This module introduces and develops the basic concepts of Classical Hydrodynamics and provides a framework for a modern appreciation of Fluid Mechanics.


To provide the basic framework for a modern appreciation of Fluid Dynamics. To introduce the basic concepts of Classical Hydrodynamics. To explain how mathematical modelling of fluid motion can help in the understanding of certain real world phenomena in applications such as meteorology and aerodynamics.


1. Basic concepts: Velocity, acceleration, pressure, density.
2. Review of vector calculus and coordinate systems.
3. Eulerian and Lagrangian reference systems.
4. Kinematics of fluid motion: Pathlines, streamlines, vorticity.
5. Basic equations governing fluid motion.
6. Applications of Bernoulli's equation.
7. Irrotational flow.
8. Incompressibility, Potential flow.
9. Simple hydrodynamic structures: Sources, sinks, doublets.


This module is at CQFW Level 5