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Textbook : Finnemore, E.J. and Franzini, J.B., 2002, Fluid Mechanics with Engineering Applications - tenth edition, McGraw-Hill, Boston

Recommended study aids:

  • Giles, R.V., J.B. Evett, and C. Liu, 1994, Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics - third edition , Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, New York (paper back, ISBN 0-07-020509-4)
  • J.B. Evett, and C. Liu, 1989, 2500 Solved Problems in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics , Schaum's Solved Problem Series, McGraw-Hill, New York (paper back, ISBN 0-07-019783-0)


  • ENGR 2000 (Statics)
  • ENGR 2020 (Dynamics)
  • Math and calculus (derivatives, integrals, solution to equations, some ordinary differential equations)

ABET Program Outcomes for the Class

These outcomes are based on the accreditation requirements from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. ( ABET ). The expected criteria for this class are the following:

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program for Civil  Engineering at Utah State University, students will have:

  • Outcome 1 . Proven themselves proficient in mathematics, the sciences, and the structures, geotechnical, hydraulics, environmental and transportation areas of civil engineering.
  • Outcome 2 . Demonstrated the ability to solve engineering problems, utilizing fundamental engineering principles as well as the latest technologies and engineering tools, in the process of engineering analysis and design. They will have done this as individuals and as members of multi-disciplinary teams.


The objectives of this course are to learn and apply the principle or engineering fundamental of

  • Fluid properties (density, specific weight, viscosity,
  • Pressure distributions, forces on surfaces, and buoyancy
  • Types of flow (1-,2- and 3-D; steady and unsteady; and non-uniform; laminar and turbulent)
  • Energy heads in fluids
  • Bernoulli's theorem
  • Energy and hydraulic grade lines
  • Power in flows
  • Momentum principle and forces in moving fluids
  • Geometric, kinematic, and dynamic similarity in flows
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Friction losses and roughness in pipes
  • Pipeline (pressurized) flow
  • Pumps and turbines in pipe flow
  • Uniform open channel flow
  • Specific energy in open channel flow
  • Momentum and the hydraulic jump in open channels
  • Gradually-varied flow in open channels
  • Fluid measurement techniques

Class contents

(for more details, see the course schedule and chapters 1-8, 10-11 in the textbook)
  • Introduction
  • Properties of fluids
  • Fluid statics
  • Basics of fluid flow
  • Energy in steady flow
  • Momentum and forces in fluid flow
  • Similitude and dimensional analysis
  • Steady incompressible flow in pressure conduits (pipes)
  • Stead flow in open channels
  • Fluid measurements


  • Assignments will be given during each lecture and are due on the following day at the start of the class (no exceptions).
  • Assignments will only be accepted from those students in attendance.
  • Assignments are to be submitted clearly written, including the problem statement, and the equations and steps used in the solution.
  • Submit hand-written assignments using engineering paper.
  • Submit computer assignments in print.
  • Write down your name in all assignments.
  • The assignments represent individual personal effort, thus no copying is allowed. The purpose of the assignments is to reinforce the concepts and techniques presented in class. Doing your assignments regularly will only help your understanding of the class.


  • There will be one three one-hour tests given through the semester, as well as a final exam (see the CEE 3500 schedule ).
  • Weekly quizzes will be given also, and their grades combined with those of the assignments.
  • All the exams are open textbook, but closed notes, calculators and equation cards allowed.
  • The quizzes are open textbook and open notes.


The grading will be perform according to the following point distribution:

3 one-hour tests @ 100 points each 300 points
1 final exam 150 points
Homework assignments and quizzes 50 points

Thus, the maximum points available are 500 points.


We will introduce applications of computer and calculator software through the class. In particularly we will be using the hp 49g+ , hp 48g ii , and TI 89 calculators, Microsoft Excel , and the symbolic environment Maple to solve problems in fluid mechanics.


There will be no laboratory sessions or laboratory assignments for this course. The required fluid mechanics laboratory will be taught as part of the CEE 3510 course (Civil and Environmental Engineering Hydraulics).

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