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Fluid Mechanics Courses

What is fluid mechanics?

Fluid mechanics is a branch of physics that studies fluids and their forces. It's divided into two branches: fluid statics, or the study of fluids at rest, and fluid dynamics, or the study of forces and their effects on fluid motion. The field has a wide range of applications, including mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, biology, and astrophysics. A newer branch known as computational fluid dynamics uses computers to solve problems through numerical approaches.

Fluid dynamics has its original roots in ancient Greek study, with fundamentals such as buoyancy explored through Greek philosophical methods from thinkers like Archimedes. Later understanding through thinkers such as Blaise Pascal, who explored hydrostatics, Isaac Newton, who studied viscosity, and Bernoulli, who discovered Bernoulli's equation, unlocked greater understanding in the field.

Every fluid mechanical system assumes the conservation of mass, conservation of energy, and conservation of momentum. Modern researchers use computers to explore fluid dynamics previously unexplored and apply them to modern infrastructure and research goals. Students can explore these simulations to help answer questions and innovate new solutions.

Why learn about fluid dynamics

edX offers unique access to quality education from respected institutions around the globe. Learners can explore the field from different perspectives and foster a lifelong love of learning with courses happening 100% online.

Many courses are available for free for personal growth and exploration, but edX also offers accredited tracks for a fee. Students receive official credit for single courses or certificates and can complete full degrees online, depending on their choice of field. It's a perfect solution for modern education and career development needs.

Fluid Mechanics courses and certificates

Students can take advantage of introductory courses like AP Physics 2 Part 1: Fluids and Thermodynamics from RiceX or Advanced Fluid Mechanics 1: Fundamentals from MITx. Both courses introduce concepts like hydrostatics, buoyancy, viscosity, Bernoulli's theorems, and continuum mechanics. 

From there, MITx offers Advanced Fluid Mechanics 2: The Navier-Stokes Equations. This course explores viscous flows such as pipe flows,  dimensional analysis, and transient responses. The course prepares physicists and engineers to explore more complex challenges.

For students seeking an advanced degree, PurdueX offers a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Students will explore fluid dynamics and fluid mechanics from an overall mechanical engineering perspective, mastering concepts in fluid flow, hydrodynamic, and kinematics.

Explore careers in fluid mechanics with edX

By understanding fluid properties, researchers can answer questions and solve challenges in engineering, physics, and other fields. These courses introduce the types of concepts—from non-newtonian fluids to boundary layers to even aerodynamics—that students will need to build careers in this field. edX provides pathways for satisfying careers and lifelong learning.