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The value of lumped parameter analysis in introductory fluid mechanics courses
In virtually every introductory fluid mechanics book, the momentum principle (the combination of Newton's 2nd Law of Motion and Reynold's Transport Theorem) is introduced in distributed parameter integral form. This is not how the coservation of energy, conservation of mass nor the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is introduced in the prior course. The goal of this paper is to show the utility of such a formulation that would serve as a better bridge between thermodynamics and introductory fluid mechanics courses.