Module Identifier MA25610  
Module Title HYDRODYNAMICS 1  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr David M Binding  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite MA24610  
Mutually Exclusive MX35610  
Course delivery Lecture   19 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 1 hour example classes  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours (written examination)  100%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours (written examination)  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:

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. Eulerian and Lagrangian reference systems.   
  3. Kinematics of fluid motion: Pathlines, streamlines, streaklines, vorticity, etc.
  4. Basic equations governing fluid motion.
  5. Applications of Bernoulli's equation.
  6. Foundations of classical hydrodynamics: Kelvin's theorems; Irrotational flow.
  7. Incompressibility: Potential flow.
  8. Simple hydrodynamic structures in 3D: Sources, sinks, doublets etc.
  9. Introduction to the concept of image systems.
  10. Some classical problems.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
A R Paterson (1983) A first course in fluid dynamics Cambridge 0521274249
D E Rutherford (1983) Fluid Dynamics Oliver and Boyd X27011380X
** Supplementary Text
A S Ramsey (1960) A Treatise on Hydromechanics Part II: Hydrodynamics Bell X240524070


This module is at CQFW Level 5