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By David Jon Furbish

ISBN-10: 0195077016

ISBN-13: 9780195077018

Fluid Physics in Geology is geared toward geology scholars who're attracted to knowing fluid habit and movement within the context of a wide selection of geological difficulties, and who desire to pursue similar paintings in fluid physics. The ebook offers an introductory therapy of the actual and dynamical behaviors of fluids through focusing first on how fluids behave in a common approach, then having a look extra in particular at how they're curious about convinced geological tactics. The textual content is written so scholars may perhaps be aware of the sections which are so much proper to their very own wishes. useful difficulties following every one bankruptcy illustrate purposes of the cloth to lifelike difficulties regarding groundwater flows, magma dynamics, open-channel flows, and thermal convection. Fluid Physics in Geology is perfect for graduate classes in all components of geology, together with hydrology, geomorphology, sedimentology, and petrology.

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Thus The drag on a slowly settling rigid sphere, in the case in which flow around the sphere is entirely laminar and steady, is given by the well-known formula obtained by G. G. Stokes in 1851: where /A is the dynamic viscosity of the fluid, a measure of its resistance to deformation during flow (Chapter 3). The negative sign arises because we wish to 14 INTRODUCTION associate a positive value of drag (directed upward) with a negative value of velocity (directed downward). 21) to obtain a differential equation that can be solved for the velocity ws.

Similarly, some values might be quite large if we happened to take a measurement, by chance, when the volume contained many molecules. 2), where the notation indicates that the form of this distribution varies with the value of V, Suppose that we performed this experiment again, this time increasing the sampling volume. Based on the preceding discussion, we would again anticipate observing a distribution of measured densities, but with less variation because the larger sample volume would, on average, contain more molecules, and be less subject to large fluctuations in the numbers of molecules within it.

According to Newton's second law, the net force acting on the particle—the sum of its buoyant weight W and the drag FD—must equal the product of its mass and acceleration. Thus The drag on a slowly settling rigid sphere, in the case in which flow around the sphere is entirely laminar and steady, is given by the well-known formula obtained by G. G. Stokes in 1851: where /A is the dynamic viscosity of the fluid, a measure of its resistance to deformation during flow (Chapter 3). The negative sign arises because we wish to 14 INTRODUCTION associate a positive value of drag (directed upward) with a negative value of velocity (directed downward).

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