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Study how fluids respond to different forces and learn how this knowledge can be applied to mechanical engineering, biology, astrophysics, and other disciplines. Enroll in online fluid mechanics courses delivered through edX.

What is fluid mechanics?

Fluid mechanics is a branch of physics that studies fluids and their behaviors in response to different forces. It has two main branches: fluid statics (the study of fluids at rest) and fluid dynamics (the study of forces and their effects on fluid motion). A newer branch known as computational fluid dynamics uses computers to solve problems through numerical approaches.

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Fluid mechanics course curriculum

For those interested in learning about fluid mechanics without prior physics knowledge, it can help to start with a foundational course. These courses can introduce concepts like hydrostatics, buoyancy, viscosity, Bernoulli's theorems, and continuum mechanics. More advanced courses for experienced learners may cover viscous flows such as pipe flows, dimensional analysis, and transient responses. Learners also have the option to explore fluid dynamics and fluid mechanics from a mechanical engineering perspective, mastering concepts in fluid flow, hydrodynamics, and kinematics.

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How can learning fluid mechanics help careers?

By understanding fluid properties, researchers can answer questions and solve challenges in engineering, physics, and other innovative fields. Courses in fluid mechanics can introduce a range of concepts, from non-Newtonian fluids to aerodynamics, that learners will need to build careers in this field.