- Is able to explain the basic physical principles of fluid flow and heat flow, and can apply the physical laws that dictate their behavior to solve problems concerning heat and fluid flow.
- Can apply the concept of mathematical modelling to solve a real life problem; this includes the identification of key variables, key assumptions, and relevant physical laws.
- Can reflect on the quality of the solution, by comparing with experimental data or observations, and relating this to the assumptions; on the basis of this, can draw conclusions and give suggestions for improvement in the modelling.
- Can write a concise scientific report with a convincing story line, aimed at non-experts on the topic.
This course is an introduction to the physics of fluids and heat (Chapters 12 and 17 of University Physics by Young & Freeman. What is common between those two subjects is that for both there is the phenomena of flow, so it could also be viewed as an introduction into transport phenomena. The focus will not be on the fundamental principles, but rather on engineering applications, such as: ``what is electrical power that you can get from a reservoir lake?'', or ``what will be the final temperature of my lemonade when I add ice?''. While such problems appear simple, that is only so because a number of assumptions are made. In real life, hardly any engineering problem is simple: we just simplify it. In this course we want to create awareness of how much you have simplified a problem, and why (too complicated? effect negligible?). To this end, we will use the concept of a modelling cycle. Finally, attention is payed to the writing of a scientific report, the structure of which is guided the aforementioned cycle.|
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