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Training Manual on Transport and Fluids
John C. Neu, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Graduate Studies in Mathematics
2010; 265 pp; hardcover
Volume: 109
ISBN-10: 0-8218-4083-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4083-2
List Price: US$59
Member Price: US$47.20
Order Code: GSM/109
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See also:

Partial Differential Equations: Second Edition - Lawrence C Evans

An Introduction to Theoretical Fluid Mechanics - Stephen Childress

Introduction to PDEs and Waves for the Atmosphere and Ocean - Andrew Majda

Nonlocal Diffusion Problems - Fuensanta Andreu-Vaillo, Jose M Mazon, Julio D Rossi and J Julian Toledo-Melero

I have learned a lot from John Neu over the past years, and his book reflects very well his sense of style and purpose.

--Walter Craig, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

John Neu's book presents the basic ideas of fluid mechanics, and of the transport of matter, in a clear and reader-friendly way. Then it proposes a collection of problems, starting with easy ones and gradually leading up to harder ones. Each problem is solved with all the steps explained. In the course of solving these problems, many fundamental methods of analysis are introduced and explained. This is an ideal book for use as a text, or for individual study.

--Joseph B. Keller, Stanford University

This book presents elementary models of transport in continuous media and a corresponding body of mathematical technique. Physical topics include convection and diffusion as the simplest models of transport; local conservation laws with sources as the general framework of continuum mechanics; ideal fluid as the simplest model of a medium with mass; momentum and energy transport; and finally, free surface waves, in particular, shallow water theory.

There is a strong emphasis on dimensional analysis and scaling. Some topics, such as physical similarity and similarity solutions, are traditional. In addition, there are reductions based on scaling, such as incompressible flow as a limit of compressible flow, and shallow water theory derived asymptotically from the full equations of free surface waves. More and deeper examples are presented as problems, including a series of problems that model a tsunami approaching the shore.

The problems form an embedded subtext to the book. Each problem is followed by a detailed solution emphasizing process and craftsmanship. The problems express the practice of applied mathematics as the examination and re-examination of simple but essential ideas in many interrelated examples.

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Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in applications of PDE to physics, in particular, fluid dynamics.


"[T]he book tells stories in a very dynamic fashion, based on many problems with solutions, most of them having an important applicative content."

-- Thierry Goudon, Mathematical Reviews

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