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MECH2410 – Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

Lecturer Dr Alex Klimenko
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty EAIT
Prerequisites (Year 12 Maths C + Year 12 Physics) + (ENGG1010 or ENGG1400)
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 2 Tutorial hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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69.1/100

Learning Materials ( 74 )
Learning Activities ( 85 )
Blackboard Management ( 71 )
Course Content ( 96 )
Course Structure ( 67 )
Contact Availability ( 61 )
Course Difficulty ( 30 )

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MECH2410 – Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 69.1

MECH2410 is a course of two distinct sections; in the first, a kind hearted Persian man holds your hand through the kindergarten that is fluid statics, while in the second, a slightly grumpy looking Russian man will overload you with extraordinarily complicated derivations of formulae on a whiteboard, most of which end up being replaced by simple equations.
The statics section of the course was straightforward and well guided by Dr Saiied Aminossadati, or Amin as he likes to be known. Every lecture powerpoint was put up at the start of semester and lectures progressed at a pace that both allowed us to learn topics fully and not get bored with what we were learning. This was helped by Amin's jocular teaching style including his demonstration of buoyancy with coal and "fake coal" and chatting with the students. All of which made the content very easy to learn.
The dynamics section of the course was rather less easy. This was partly down to the content being far more involved and partly due to Dr Klimenko's distinct teaching style, whereby no lecture hall was too big to use a small whiteboard for all content. Once you acclimatise to his mid-20th century teaching style, his methods of teaching were manageable, don't expect to get anything out of the lecture notes posted on blackboard though (these seem to act merely as notes for him to remember topics to discuss in lectures) so you need to turn up to all the lectures (as unfortunately ECHO360 doesn't yet have a facility to record the whiteboard). Much of the lectures comprises of deriving complex equations from first principles, only to later be replaced by Bernoulli's principle. To make the lectures more engaging, Klimenko introduced "bonus marks" by which you could add 1/4 or 1/2 of a percentage to your total grade for the course, these were very good at keeping everyone engaged, but sadly aren't a viable way to boost your marks by any appreciable amount.
One of the highlights of the course were the tutorials, a single 2 hour session each week from past students that is really helpful for learning the content properly. Throughout much of the latter half of semester the tutorials actually led the lectures in their content and the tutors handled this admirably.
Overall, MECH2410 is a great course with really interesting content and good people running it. The lectures are quite good, once you acclimatise to Dr Klimenko's out of date teaching style, things are pretty easy to get the hang of. Also choose to do your practical as late in the semester as you can, you have the option of doing it as soon as week 4 in the course, but the content isn't really covered at all until week 8.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major

Mechanical Engineering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

If you don\'t want to fail or miss out on bonus points

Is the textbook necessary?

Not at all

Positives
  • Interesting content
  • Amin will likely be the most awesome lecturer you will have
  • Tutorials are awesome
Negatives
  • Get used to sitting close to the front and squinting at whiteboards
  • Content needed for practical doesn't get covered until late in the semester
Posted on September 8, 2014 4:42 pm

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