Course description

Topics include physical properties of fluids, hydrostatics, conservation laws using control volume analysis and using differential analysis, Bernoulli’s equation, potential flows, simple viscous flows (solved with Navier-Stokes equations), dimensional analysis, pipe flows, boundary layers. Introduction to compressible flow.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to use the fundamental principles and mathematical basis underlying the conservation equations.

Outcome 2: Be able to identify the guiding principles in a given fluid problem, to formulate the governing equations, and so to solve basic engineering problems.

Outcome 3: Recognize the difference between an ideal fluid and a viscous fluid, and to understand the limitations of the solutions for real practical fluid flows. Understand the difference between a simple solution and a real practical problem.

Outcome 4: Understand where their analysis might involve approximations and empirical approaches; for example, pipe flows and boundary layer flows.

Outcome 5: Have improved their ability to formulate an ordered approach to problem solving, using words of explanation in derivations, and algebra before substituting numerical values that allows neat analytical solutions and dimensional analysis.

This course is offered for the Co-op program and students not participating in the Co-op program are welcome to enroll assuming prereq.s are met. This course is subject to cancellation if there is no Co-op student enrollment and extremely low enrollment.


ENGRD 2020 and MAE 2030, and pre/co-registration in ENGRD 2210, or permission of instructor. Non-Cornell students must get permission of instructor to enroll.


Pre/co-registration in ENGRD 2210


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Previously offered classes

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:MAE 3230 001-LEC
Class dates:May 26-July 2, 2020
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Online learning
Notes:Permission of instructor required if not a Cornell Engineering student.
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:MAE 3230 201-DIS

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:MAE 3230 201-DIS
Class dates:May 26-July 2, 2020
Due date:TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Online learning
Instructor:Callister, J. (jc62)
Max. enroll:35
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in MAE 3230 001-LEC
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.