Using conformal mapping, fluid motion inside the cochlear duct is derived from fluid motion in an infinite half plane. The cochlear duct is represented by a two-dimensional half-open box. Motion of the cochlear fluid creates a force acting on the cochlear partition, modeled by damped oscillators. The resulting equation is one-dimensional, more realistic, and can be handled more easily than existing ones derived by the method of images, making it useful for fast computations of physically plausible cochlear responses. Solving the equation of motion numerically, its ability to reproduce the essential features of cochlear partition motion is demonstrated. Because fluid coupling can be changed independently of any other physical parameter in this model, it allows the significance of hydrodynamic coupling of the cochlear partition to itself to be quantitatively studied. For the model parameters chosen, as hydrodynamic coupling is increased, the simple resonant frequency response becomes increasingly asymmetric. The stronger the hydrodynamic coupling is, the slower the velocity of the resulting traveling wave at the low frequency side is. The model’s simplicity and straightforward mathematics make it useful for evaluating more complicated models and for education in hydrodynamics and biophysics of hearing.