An Introduction to Astrophysical Hydrodynamics

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Academic Press, Dec 2, 2012 - Science - 452 pages
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This book is an introduction to astrophysical hydrodynamics for both astronomy and physics students. It provides a comprehensive and unified view of the general problems associated with fluids in a cosmic context, with a discussion of fluid dynamics and plasma physics. It is the only book on hydrodynamics that addresses the astrophysical context. Researchers and students will find this work to be an exceptional reference. Contents include chapters on irrotational and rotational flows, turbulence, magnetohydrodynamics, and instabilities.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Equations of Fluid Motion
1
Chapter 2 Viscosity and Diffusion
34
Chapter 3 Vorticity and Rotation
57
Chapter 4 Shocks
95
Chapter 5 Similarity Methods
148
Chapter 6 Magnetic Fields in Astrophysics
171
Chapter 7 Turbulence
214
Chapter 8 Outflows and Accretion
257
Chapter 9 Instabilities
318
Chapter 10 Diagnosis of Astrophysical Flows
373
Index
445
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STEVEN N. SHORE is professor of Astrophysics at the University of Pisa. He was until recently a professor of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Indiana - South Bend. His books include The Tapestry of Modern Astrophysics and Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and he is an associate editor for the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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