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Basics of Fluid Mechanics

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Splash (fluid mechanics) ( by Priit Kallas ( used under a Public Domain license (

Description: This book, Basics of Fluid Mechanics, describes the fundamentals of fluid mechanics phenomena for engineers and others. This book is designed to replace all introductory textbook(s) or instructor’s notes for the fluid mechanics in undergraduate classes for engineering/science students but also for technical peoples. It is hoped that the book could be used as a reference book for people who have at least some basics knowledge of science areas such as calculus, physics, etc.

Author: Genick Bar-Meir, Ph. D, Potto Project

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Basics of Fluid Mechanics by Genick Bar-Meir, Ph. D, Potto Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

1. Reviewed by: Sanja Boskovic
  • Institution: BC Institute of Technology
  • Title/Position: Associate Dean
  • Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

My first comment will be regarding the title: I would not call it basis Fluid mechanics due to possible misleading.
This book is a great source for any Graduate student but only Graduate student. Any other student wishing to learn more about Fluid Mechanics or to use it as a text book will not be satisfied with this book
Great for Graduate students

Comprehensiveness Rating: 2 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

Presented material is on a very high academic level, PhD level and for that matter is accurate

Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

Material in the book is theoretically well presented, and it has a good connection with real problems. It empowers students with knowledge to apply for any problem. However students should have great background in Basic fluid mechanics as well as in Mathematics.

Relevance Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

This book is for Graduate students and with that being said it is great but it cannot be used by novice students
Graduate students – very good
Novice students-very hard to follow

Clarity Rating: 2 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

It is about 700 pages and I think that is too much, it should be broken in the smaller contents

Consistency Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

It is not easily reorganize
I would recommend to have viscosity under Fluid Properties 1.6
I hope that footnotes will not be in the final copy

Modularity Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

It is clear for Graduate students and not for novice students
Graduate students – very good Novice students-very hard to follow

Organization Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

On the several pages they are disconnections between material and titles
Pg 75, 81,88,95, 135, 176, 195, 228, 230, 238, 240, 245, 282, 320, 338, 340, 349, 355, 356, 432, 463
Pg 92, 146, 150, 159, 162, 182, 268,293, 305, 306, 308, 310, 314, 333, 399, 400,412, 413. 414, 416, 417 have red wording that should not be there
Pg 127 has the title in between
Pg 147 has ??????????
No solution of the problem 1.22 pg 103
Pg.148 no example 4.8
Pg 156 mixing the solutions with the book material
Pg158 example 4.12 does not have a solution as well as 4.13
The equations numbers are mixed between examples and the body text
Examples 4.19, 4.20 and 4.21 are mixed
Example 4.32 does not have a solution
Examples 4.34 does not have a solution
No final solution for 6.1 example
Pg 252 has end of solution and no example
Pg 254 -259 not completed
Comment 19 on the pg 350 not needed
Example 8.10 does not have a solution
Pg 385 has References after the Chapter 9 and there no References after other chapters
Examples 10.8 and 10.9 no solutions
Example 11.14 does not have a solution

Interface Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

The text contains no grammatical or spelling errors.
Page 81(book 19) viscosity 2X
Not sure why the unit for pressure in bar is written Bar
Degree should go with C not the value
On the pg 91 Title 1.6 not needed
Pg 98 References showed up – should be at the end of the chapter
Pg.111 equation 2.26 should be kJ and further all kj should be kJ
Pg 150 should be buoyancy force
Pg. 207 not needed
Pg287-288 not needed

Grammar Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds


Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

To Graduate students primarily PhD once and not to novice students
The material asked for the high level of fluid mechanics knowledge as well as high level of Math knowledge