1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Required Software
  14. Notification of Changes
  15. Custom Sections
  16. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  17. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  18. Severe Weather Protocol
  19. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  20. Religious Observances
  21. UAct Statement

Fluid Mechanics

AEM 311-001Spring 2023 | 3 Credit Hours


Dr. Myoungkyu Lee

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Course Description

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Required Texts

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Course Objectives

To develop a fundamental understanding of fluid mechanics. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to understand and derive basic theory as well as to solve applied problems relating to:

  • fluid properties

  • fluid statics

  • conservation of mass, momentum and energy (integral and differential forms)

  • flow similarity

  • viscous flow (internal and external)

This course will provide the foundation for upper level undergraduate courses such as Energy Systems Design (ME), Water Resources Engineering (CE), and Aerodynamics (AEM).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, students should be able to:

    1. Solve hydrostatic forces on submerged surfaces.

    2. Apply the Bernoulli equation to solve incompressible, inviscid flow along a streamline.

    3. Solve flow rate, forces and energy changes through a control volume.

    4. Apply dimensional analysis and use to solve problems of flow similarity.

    5. Calculate energy changes, power requirements and losses in pipe flow problems.

    6. Solve for boundary layer characteristics and skin friction drag.

    7. Use drag coefficients to calculate drag forces and terminal velocity.

Other Course Materials

Blackboard will be used to post additional materials for reading or viewing.

Calculator Requirement: This course has a calculator restriction for in class quizzes and exams, only a TI-30X or Casio Solar II calculator may be used.  


Students would be asked to take their own notes during the class. Attendance to all classes is highly encouraged and is required. Some class notes and announcements might be posted on Blackboard. The students are required to follow the class announcements for special requests.

Outline of Topics

  • fluid properties

  • fluid statics

  • control volume analysis using conservation of mass, momentum and energy (integral and differential forms)

  • flow similarity

  • viscous flow (internal and external)

Exams and Assignments

Exams: Three in-class exams and one final comprehensive exam will be administered (see class schedule).

Grading Policy

  • In-class quiz 15%

  • Mid Term Exam 1 20%

  • Mid Term Exam 2 20%

  • Mid Term Exam 3 20%

  • Final Exam 25%

The minimum grade will be as follows:

  • A+ 97% and above; A 93% and above; A- 90% and above

  • B+ 87% and above; B 83% and above; B- 80% and above

  • C+ 77% and above; C 73% and above; C- 70% and above

  • D+ 67% and above; D 63% and above; D- 60% and above

There will be no penalty for up to two missing classes. Each additional missing attendance without an official excuse will result in downgrading final grade, e.g., from A to A- or from B- to C+. Missing more than five class attendance without an official excuse will result in F.

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

Coursework will not be accepted after the due date unless the student has a documented university-approved excuse, clearly showing that the reason for the missed coursework was beyond the student’s control. There will be no make-up for in-class assignments.

If an acceptable excuse is provided (such as a valid medical excuse), it is the option of the instructor to either require the student to take a make-up exam or replace the missed exam score with the student’s score from the final exam. The replacement of a missed exam score with the final exam score may only occur once in a semester. The time and date of the makeup exam will be decided by the instructor.

Attendance Policy

Successful completion of homework assignments is benefiting greatly from in-class lectures and discussions. There will be no make up for in class assignments. Students are expected to attend all classes. Missing more than three class attendance without an official excuse will result in F. See the grading policy for more details.

Required Software

(in addition to an office productivity suite such as Microsoft Office)

Many software packages used in engineering courses only run on Windows and Linux, so Mac users will be responsible for installing Windows on their Macs. The College of Engineering does not provide support for installing Windows on Macs.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on COVID-19

All University faculty, staff, and students are expected to maintain a commitment to the health and safety of our campus community. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, specific health and safety standards are in place to minimize exposure and community spread on campus. In the interest of your health and safety and that of all UA students, faculty and staff, the University reserves the right to change the mode of instruction or schedule of instruction at any time, based upon prevailing public health and other guidance. While the method of delivery may change, educational instruction and opportunities will continue. As such, the University will not provide a refund of tuition, in whole or in-part, based on any such changes. Detailed information on changes in format or schedule can be found at studentaccounts.ua.edu and financialaid.ua.edu.

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Copyright Content

All materials produced by the instructor are copyrighted by the instructor and the University of Alabama and/or the publisher. Exam materials, lecture content, and any other instructor-specific content may not be distributed, photographed, stored, or uploaded to any website except as required to upload and send to the instructor or the Blackboard shell associated with the course.


The class may use Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, or other video chat software when and if needed. Students are responsible for having the appropriate equipment to use and using it responsibly during the course.

Technical Support

To obtain assistance with technical issues (removing pop-up blockers, opening pages or quizzes, etc.) or if you are unable to see the course content or have other questions regarding the course itself, please visit the College of Continuing Studies Online Course Technical Support Site to submit a request, or call 205-348-9157 (Toll Free: 1-866-205-1011) during their regular business hours.

Minimum Student Technical Skills

Students are expected to be able to use UA email, Blackboard, web browsers, and general word processing programs prior to enrolling in an online course. Students needing assistance using Blackboard are encouraged to visit the UA Blackboard support site.

Electronic device

No electronic device is allowed during the class.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

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