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MT5809 Advanced Fluid Dynamics

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:11.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

This module will examine current research in fluid dynamics, with a particular focus on meteorology and oceanography. The large-scale atmosphere and oceans behave quite unlike a 'classical' fluid owing to the presence of stable density stratification and rotation. As a result, the fluid motion is dominated by slow, 'vortical' or eddying motions (like cyclones) which generally spin slower than the Earth. Superimposed on this slow motion are relatively fast wave-like motions analogous to surface waves on a pond. These lectures describe the mathematical basis of these fundamentally different types of motion, and furthermore illustrate the increasingly important role of computer modelling in this research.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


At least three from MT5802, MT5806, MT5809, MT5810, MT5852 and MT5990 compulsory for MMath Applied Mathematics. At least 60 credits from MT5751 - MT5753, MT5757, MT5758, MT5802, MT5806, MT5809, MT5810, MT 5821, MT5823 - MT5830, MT5836, MT5852 and MT5990 compulsory for MMath Mathematics.

Optional for all other undergraduate programmes in the School.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT4509


Optional for all Postgraduate Programmes within the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 165

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2.5-hour Written Examination = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%
Postgraduate Assessment :2.5-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J Reinaud
Module teaching staff:Dr J Reinaud