Good textbooks for fluid mechanics and thermodynamics for MechE major?

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So I'm most likely studying abroad next semester and taking a Fluid Mechanics course. At my home university, the pre-reqs are multivariable calc, diff eq, statics and dynamics, and classical thermodynamics. Abroad, all I need are multivariable and diff eq.

But I'm worried that I might be at a disadvantage since I haven't taken thermo yet. Can you guys recommend me some great textbooks for thermo and fluids? I am very good at learning from textbooks, so long as they have worked out examples and such.

I LOVED the Kleppner and Kolenkow mechanics textbook and used it constantly for an honors mechanics course. On the other hand, I hate when textbooks make huge leaps in logic, especially in the example problems. I had to use the Differential Equations textbook by Polking and it was god awful in this regard.

Anyways, I wanted to read through a thermo book this summer for some intro and maybe get a head start on fluids since I want to be able to enjoy my time abroad next semester.
 

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You won't be disadvantaged. The prerequisites are the way that they are for a reason.

At any rate, the good textbooks depend on what area of fluid mechanics you want to learn and what your major is.
 
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I'm a mechanical engineering major and the course is really an intro to fluid mechanics, but it's designed for mechanic engineers and I've heard it's pretty math intensive. The short description is:

"Fundamental concepts; hydrostatics; integral and differential equations of fluid flows; conservation of mass, momentum and energy; dimensional analysis; pipe flow; channel flow and boundary layers. "

I was looking into the book by A.R. Paterson or the one by Frank White, but I'm not sure
 
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Which Frank White book? His books are, in general, VERY good. I learned out of Munson, Young an Okiishi.
 
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Some great thermo books:

Cengel and Boles, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach. McGraw-Hill
Moran and Shapiro, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics. Wiley

Fluids:

Fox, McDonald, and Pritchard. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. Wiley
F.M. White. Viscous Fluid Flow. McGraw Hill
Panton. Incompressible Fluid Flow.
 
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I wold also recommend the Cengel and Boles book and the Fox, McDonald and Pritchard book. I am only familiar with White's Viscous Flow book which is an excellent reference but it is not an intro book.
 

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