By Michael J. Thompson
This e-book presents an advent for graduate scholars and complex undergraduate scholars to the sphere of astrophysical fluid dynamics. even though occasionally overlooked, fluid dynamical approaches play a relevant position in almost all parts of astrophysics. No past wisdom of fluid dynamics is believed. After constructing the elemental equations of fluid dynamics and the physics suitable to an astrophysical program, quite a few themes within the box are addressed. there's additionally a bankruptcy introducing the reader to numerical equipment. Appendices record worthwhile actual constants and astronomical amounts, and supply convenient reference fabric on Cartesian tensors, vector calculus in polar coordinates, self-adjoint eigenvalue difficulties and JWKB idea.
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An Introduction to Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics by Michael J. Thompson