Transport Phenomena: A textbook by R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, and Edwin N. Lightfoot

A phenomenon may exist as it is, similar to the way our sensory tools comprehend. But, how does it look like when it is transformed into mathematical equation? The book entitled Transport Phenomena deals with such question and provides steps and paths in composing mathematical models for the system being studied.

Mathematical modeling is important in scientific and technological realms. By doing so, we can predict the future likelihood of a system in terms of its individual activities or the way it interacts with other systems. For that purpose, the writer covers and categorizes the book into some segments: explanation about momentum change; mass change; and temperature change.

The elaboration is presented in stages. All of the topics is started by considering a single and simple steady-state system. Bird then introduces the more complex systems and ends each section with mathematical assessments towards dynamic systems, in which there are changes over time and other qualities.

In addition to introducing mathematical modeling, Transport Phenomena also giving concise accounts on the birth of dimensionless numbers such as Prandtl, Nusselts, and Reynolds. The introduction is very important since most people know phi (3,14…) as the only dimensionless number in existence. Few only knew about this, regardless of the magnitude or the importance of the numbers.

Basic understanding and training of mathematical modeling are important due to its widely use. It is more than extrapolating smaller systems into larger and dynamic ones; It is about to gain the most precise assessment of a system. Once a mathematical model is established, then the next step is to confirm both ideal and actual data. It results in corrective action that suggests remodeling the system. Such approach is used in many occasions, mostly in engineering and or economics.


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