CVEN 311

Fluid Dynamics


Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,


Office Hours

Course Meeting Times

MWF 10:20-11:10 in CE 118


Ph +1-979-845-4517

Hydraulic model of a pumping station for the City of Las Vegas wastewater treatment plant expansion. Conducted in the Ocean Engineering Wave Tank Laboratory at Texas A&M University in Summer 2008.


Fluid Dynamics (3-0). Credit 3. Fluid properties; statics; kinematics; basic conservation principles of continuity, energy and momentum; similitude and hydraulic models; incompressible flow in pipes; fluid dynamic drag.  Prerequisites:  MATH 251 and CVEN 221; CVEN 302 or registration therein.

The objective of this course is to introduce the applied physics of fluid statics and fluid dynamics to solve civil engineering problems.  Specifically, this course will help students:

This course also contributes to the following ABET-identified outcomes of the civil engineering curriculum:


Fluid statics, fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, conservation of mass, momentum and energy, similitude, hydraulic modeling, pipe flow.


There is one required textbook for this course

Course Calendar

Please refer to the Calendar page.

Homework Assignments

Please refer to the Assignments page.

Homework will be assigned each Friday and due the following Friday. The lowest homework score will be dropped.

Homework is an important part of the learning process and should be completed individually.  You may ask others for help at places where you have made diligent attempts and have become stumped.  You may ask others for confirmation of results at significant milestones in the problem.  You may not share computer programs, Word documents, or Excel files.  Wrote copying of another student's work is unacceptable and will be submitted to the University Honor Council for appropriate action.

Homework problems must be answered clearly, showing all your work, and should be easy to follow.  Where applicable, the solution to each problem should contain:

Failure to include one of these elements will result in lost credit for the problem.  Not all homework problems may be graded.  Partial credit will be given for wrong answers that demonstrate some of the correct solution method.

Unless you have a university excuse (see Absences below), late assignments will not be accepted for credit.  Please do not ask for exceptions. 


An in-class closed-book quiz will be given at the start of class most weeks on Friday. This quiz will consist of a single problem which is very similar, if not identical, to the homework turned in that day. These will be graded by the TA. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. This will allow you to miss one quiz for unforeseen circumstances. Any further missed quizzes will result in a grade of zero for each one missed unless accompanied by a University excuse.


Three 50-minute midterm exams and one 2-hr final exam are scheduled (see Course Calendar for scheduling).  The grading of the exams will be based on both the approach and the final answer.  Exams will be closed book and closed notes.  You may prepare notes on the front and back of one page of 8½ x 11 paper for each exam.  You will need a hand-held calculator for each exam.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your calculator is working and will perform in the examination


Your final grade for the course will be calculated as follows

Letter grades will be assigned from your total course score according to 90% to 100%: A, greater than or equal to 80% but <90%: B, greater than or equal to 70% but <80%: C, greater than or equal to 60% but <70%: D, below 60%: F.  Please note that homework and quizzes are 30% of your total grade--please do not neglect this work.

Plagiarism and Cheating

"An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do." Students are expected to understand and abide by the Aggie Honor Code presented on the web at:

No form of scholastic misconduct will be tolerated. Academic misconduct includes cheating, fabrication, falsification, multiple submissions, plagiarism, complicity, etc. These are more fully defined in the above web site. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one's own the ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have permission of that person. Since the problem sets and programming assignments grade for this course is a high percentage of your total grade, no plagiarism or cheating will be permitted in these assignments. Violations will be handled in accordance with the Aggie Honor System Process described on the web site.


The university views class attendance as an individual student responsibility. Students are expected to attend class and to complete all assignments. Instructors are expected to give adequate notice of the dates on which major tests will be given and assignments will be due. For more details, please read Part I, Rule 7 of the Texas A&M University Student Rules at

Please contact me as soon as you know you will miss a class or an exam so that a reasonable alternative can be accommodated. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for the missed work. The instructor is under no obligation to provide an opportunity for the student to make up work missed because of an unexcused absence.


Students may be asked to allow copies of their assignments and exams to be submitted to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) review panel. The purpose of this is to demonstrate to ABET that our stated mission and objectives are being effectively implemented. Your grade will not be affected by participation.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, currently located in the Disability Services building at the Student Services at White Creek complex on west campus or call 979-845-1637. For additional information, visit

Export Controls

All information included in the public areas of the course website is paraphrased from the course textbooks, which are public domain and publically available. All of the programming and numerical methods covered in this course are listed in the course catalog and are public domain. The online videos are protected and only available to students enrolled in the course; none of the material in the videos is export controlled, but this precaution prevents the unintended export of instructional material to an embargoed country.