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I'm looking for a textbook with which to independently study fluid mechanics. I have been searching a bit by myself, and my problem with what I have found so far is that the texts assumed certain amounts of prior knowledge in fluid mechanics. I'm looking for a textbook that assumes no prior knowledge in fluid mechanics or other advanced physics fields and builds up the theorems and equations from first principles (though I have already studied Newtonian mechanics and multivariable calculus so books that contain those are fine and actually preferred). I am also looking for a textbook that contains many details and proves most theorems and formulas (but without being absurdly complicated) and if possible that uses mathematical tools, at least somewhat (not as crucial). And unlike the other question, the textbook must have a physics/math approach not an engineering one. I know no engineering. Online PDFs only please!


marked as duplicate by Qmechanic Feb 23 '15 at 12:49

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  • $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic Please reopen this question. The differences between my question and the one you tagged are many: I'm looking for a PDF version, the other question only refers to hardcopies; the other takes into account an engineering background and perspective whereas I'm looking for a book with no engineering background and a more mathematical-physics style; and finally many of the books in that question don't suit me - they are either too advanced or not fitting my specifications. Having my question up will help me find a book tailored to my needs, and this question is not a duplicate. $\endgroup$ – Gabriel Feb 24 '15 at 2:27
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    $\begingroup$ I don't believe those differences are significant enough to warrant having a separate question. $\endgroup$ – David Z Feb 24 '15 at 5:45
  • $\begingroup$ Another major difference is his request for fluid dynamics textbook versus mine for fluid mechanics $\endgroup$ – Gabriel Feb 24 '15 at 11:54