State University of New York at Buffalo

           mae 335 FLUID MECHANICS   Spring 2007


Time and Location:

Lecture:  M W,   6:30 – 7:50  pm   109 Obrian  Hall


Mr. James Wulf

  325  Jarvis Hall,   645-2593 ext 2318,   e-mail:

  Office hours:  9:30 – 12:00 Monday  and Friday, 11:00-12:00 Wednesday

                            and by appointment anytime.


Teaching Assistant

 Jianping Xiang

   Office hours:  308 or 309 Jarvis Wednesday 3:30-5:30

                         before Recitation by appointment

                         and by appointment anytime.



Text Book:     A Physical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

                       Alexander J. Smitts,  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The Text will be available at the Bookstore and Greeks & Sneaks after 1/19/07

Fall 2006 Course Notes available from Great Lakes Copying



   The course will be taught using both SI and English units.



    Homework                    10%

    Best 4 of 5 quizzes        10%

    Design Problems           10%

    1st Exam                       20%  

    2nd Exam and Final        25%


Grades will be converted to a T score by the following formula,

T-score = (Exam Score - Class Mean) / Class Standard Deviation




1.2 or higher


1.0 to 1.199


.8 to.999


0.4 to .799


0.2 to .399


0.0 to .199


-.4 to -.001


-.6  to -.399


-.8 to -.599


-1.0 to -.799


-1.0 or less
















     The T score will set the minimum grade that can be given.  The T score grade can be improved with better grades in the latter part of the course demonstrating a competence in subjects with a poor grade in the first part of the course. 


     There will be 5 quizzes, two exams and a final.  The 5 quizzes will be unannounced. The lowest  quiz grade will be excluded. Quiz questions will closely follow homework problems or parts of homework problems.  All exams and quizzes are open book, closed notes and closed homework.


      A design problems will be assigned.  The design problem will be graded according to the results achieved. 


      Course notes for the coming week will be posed on the course web site on Friday.


     Homework is due on Monday in class or in my office before 6:30 pm.  Homework after this time will not be accepted.  Homework will not be graded but solutions will be posted on the course web site the day after they are due.


Integrity Policy:

     There is nothing more dishonorable for an engineer, short of his work causing loss of life or property, than to present the work of another as his own.  This can happen in patent applications, reports, presentations, and technical papers.  Dishonesty in course work is the start of this slippery slope that ends in news stories such as we have seen reported last year or worse.  Pressure may be felt in school however it is more difficult, not easier, to maintain integrity in practice.


      Presenting any work of another as your own required course work will result in a reduction in grade usually to an F.


Course Outline:


Chapter 1 Introduction, Fluid Concepts


 Chapter 2 Fluid  Statics


Chapter 3 Fluid Motion


Chapter 4 Bernoulli’s Equation


Chapter 5 Control Volume Equations


Chapter 6 Differential Flow Equations


Chapter 7 Ideal Flow


Chapter 8 Dimensional Analysis


Chapter 9 Internal Flows


Chapter 10 External Flows


Chapter 12 Compressible Flow