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A Web Based Electronic Book (E Book) For Fluid Mechanics

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.128.1 - 9.128.11



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Chean-Chin Ngo

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Kurt Gramoll

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Session 1793

A Web-based Electronic Book (eBook) for Fluid Mechanics

C. C. Ngo and K. Gramoll

School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering The University of Oklahoma


The use of electronic media has been widely recognized as an effective and efficient tool in delivering course materials. Through electronic media, interactive and visual appealing media such as texts, animations, graphics, simulations and sounds can be incorporated in the illustrations of engineering theories and concepts. The motivation of developing such media is to promote students’ interest in engineering education and perhaps has a great impact on the quality of education. This paper presents an eBook in fluid mechanics delivered via the web ( This eBook is intended to cover materials for a typical introductory fluid mechanics course. It can be used as a stand-alone tool for distance learning or as a supplementary material for traditional classes. In addition, this eBook is designed and developed such that it could be a just-in-time learning tool for students and engineers who would like to learn or review a specific topic in fluid mechanics. The implementation of such an eBook in course delivery is particularly convenient for students at the University of Oklahoma since all engineering students have laptop computers with wireless network connections.

This eBook consists of 38 modules with each module further divided into 4 parts: case introduction, theory, case solution and simulation. A concerted effort has been invested in relating the theory to real world engineering applications through the case studies. Applications from different disciplines (e.g., daily experiences, mechanical and civil engineering applications) are included. The design approach of this eBook is to capture students’ interest by first presenting a case study. The theories and concepts necessary for the students to solve the specific case study are then covered, and followed by a complete solution for the case study. A simulation is also included at the end of each module to engage students in constructive learning. The material of this eBook is freely open for any institution or student to use without cost or conditions.

I. Introduction

Electronic media has been widely used in education, particularly in the discipline of engineering where complex and abstract mathematical model or theory can be easily visualized through the use of appealing media such as texts, animations, graphics, simulations and sounds. As such, more educators are now engage and incorporate multimedia in their teaching. Some of the web- based course modules presently available on the web and readily for others to use include prerequisite engineering courses such as Statics1, Dynamics2, and Thermodynamics3-4. The trend

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Ngo, C., & Gramoll, K. (2004, June), A Web Based Electronic Book (E Book) For Fluid Mechanics Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13951

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