This course is discontinued

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Course content

Pressure, equation of motion, continuity equation, energy equation and impulse equation. Eulerian description, introduction to Lagrangian description, particle paths. Equilibrium in fluids. Inviscid flow, Bernoulli’s equation, potential flow, potential flow around bodies in two and three dimensions, pressure equation for irrotational flow. Vorticity equation. Thermodynamic equation of state. Waves in compressible fluids (sound waves and shock waves). Gravity waves in incompressible fluids. Dimensional analysis, the Pi-theorem and scaling.

Learning outcome

To give an introduction to the basic laws and principles used to describe equilibrium and motions of fluids. The course provides a necessary basis for further studies in mechanics and in subjects where a knowledge of fluid mechanics is important, e.g. meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, and some branches of physics.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

*The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.


6 hours of lectures and exercises/colloquia per week. The exercises are mainly based on independent work from the students. The students must hand in compulsory assignments.


Two compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam. Final mark based on written examination at the end of the semester.

Examination support material

Rottmann's formula list + approved calculator.

Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams may apply for participation in deferred examinations. Deferred examinations are arranged either later in the same semester or early in the semester following the exam in question. Documentation of valid reasons for absence from the regular exam must be submitted upon application to participate in deferred examinations.

Students who have failed an exam, who withdraw during an exam, and students who wish to retake an exam to achieve a better grade may not participate in deferred exams, but may retake the exam when it is regularly scheduled.

Information about deferred and new examination (also called repeat examination) is found here

More information about examination at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






This version of the course was held for the last time Spring 2009. MEK3230 – Fluid Mechanics will still be held.


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