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763654S Hydrodynamics, 6 ECTS cr 
Code 763654S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Hydrodynamics  Abbreviation Hydrodynamics 
Scope6 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3253 Theoretical Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

6 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



2nd - 5th year

Learning outcomes 

To recognize the basics of hydrodynamic phenomena and to apply these quantitatively to simple flow problems.


The fluid state of matter is an important part of our daily life and its understanding is useful for all physicists, including bio-, geo-, space, astro- and theoretical physicists. Continuum  assumption, velocity field, continuity equation, deformation tensor, stress tensor, hydrostatics, derivation of Navier-Stokes equation, solutions of Navier-Stokes equation, inviscid flow, sound waves, turbulence and surface waves on liquids.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 26 h, 12 exercise sessions (24 h), self-study 110 h

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

763101P Mathematics for physics, 766323A Mechanics.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

A. R. Paterson: A first course in fluid dynamics, E. Thuneberg, Hyrdodynamiikka (lecture notes).

Assessment methods and criteria 

One written examination.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period.


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