# Eulerian approach

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The Eulerian approach, on the other hand, observes the flow properties from a fixed location relative to a reference frame, which can be stationary or more generally moves at its own velocity. The Eulerian approach gives the values of the fluid variable at a given point (x,y,z) at a given time t. For example, the velocity can be expressed as ${\mathbf{V}} = {\mathbf{V}}(x,y,z,t)$, where x, y, and z are independent of t. The Eulerian approach requires that the fluid properties be measured at spatial locations that are fixed relative to the reference frame in the fluid field, so the sensors are not required to move with the individual particles. Since the Eulerian approach is consistent with conventional experimental observation techniques, it is widely used in fluid mechanics and will also be adopted in this textbook.