This book is dedicated to readers who want to learn fluid dynamics from the beginning. It assumes a basic level of mathematics knowledge that would correspond to that of most second-year undergraduate physics students and examines fluid dynamics from a physicist’s perspective. As such, the examples used primarily come from our environment on Earth and, where possible, from astrophysics.
The text is arranged in a progressive and educational format, aimed at leading readers from the simplest basics to more complex matters like turbulence and magnetohydrodynamics. Exercises at the end of each chapter help readers to test their understanding of the subject (solutions are provided at the end of the book), and a special chapter is devoted to introducing selected aspects of mathematics that beginners may not be familiar with, so as to make the book self-contained.
Does not assume any previous knowledge in fluid mechanicsProvides a step-by-step progression into the subjectOffers basic mathematics which is often required for beginnersNumerous step-by-step tutorials help the reader to learn quicklyOffers problems and solutionsIllustrates the text with many examples from astrophysicsWith an introduction to magnetohydrodynamics and to kinetic gas theory