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Fluid dynamics is the study of how liquids act. Instead of working with distinct objects, we must look at how the fluid behaves as a unit - including pressure, density, and motion.
- Pressure is defined as
- Density is defined as the ratio of mass to volume
Pascal’s Principle: A confined incompressible fluid under pressure will transmit that pressure equally throughout the system. . The mathematical relationship that follows from Pascal’s principle shows how the application of a force in one part of the system can be multiplied in another part of the system.
Archimedes' Principle: The buoyant force on a submerged or partially submerged object is equal to the weight of fluid it displaces.
Bernoulli’s Principle: At those points in space where the velocity of a fluid is high, the pressure is low, and at those points in space where the velocity of a fluid is low, the pressure is high.
The mathematical equation that Bernoulli derived based on this principle is stated below.