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Chapter 12: Fluid Mechanics

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

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. 

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Chapter Summary

  1. Pressure is defined as P=FA
  2. Density is defined as the ratio of mass to volume ρ=mV
  3. Pascal’s Principle: A confined incompressible fluid under pressure will transmit that pressure equally throughout the system. P1=P2AoutAin=FoutFin. 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.
  4. Archimedes' Principle: The buoyant force on a submerged or partially submerged object is equal to the weight of fluid it displaces.
  5. 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.

Bernoulli’s Equation: P1+12ρv12+ρgh1=P2+12ρv22+ρgh2=constant

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