Mathematical Methods of Chemical Engineering

(06-262) Spring 2001

Course Description and Objectives
Text for the Course
Contact Info (instructor, teaching assistants, computer assistants)
Grading and Policies
Schedule: Lectures and Exams
Homeworks, Exams, and Solutions (and previous exams)
MathCAD Help - Mathsoft web site - best to run through MCAD*
Download the ChE MathCAD tutorial (Introductory)

* Please direct specific questions about MathCAD to the ChE MathCAD teaching assistant Alan Braem (

Course Description

Course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in DH 1112 from 8:30 - 10:20am 

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to develop mathematical skills specific to the types of problems encountered in engineering, specifically chemical engineering. The course will concentrate on both the specifics of the mathematical techniques and the practice of developing mathematical models from physical systems.

This course will cover the modeling of steady state mass and energy balance problems using linear and matrix algebra, including Gauss elimination, decomposition and iterative techniques. These techniques will be extended to cover the modeling of unsteady state engineering problems using linear and nonlinear differential equations. Analytical techniques, including Laplace transforms, and numerical techniques for the solution of first and higher order differential equations and systems of differential equations arising in engineering models. Finally, the course will cover the modeling of processes affected by chance and subject to experimental error; statistical and regression techniques within the context of experimental design and analysis of experimental data.

Prerequisites: 21-122 (Calculus 2) or 21-118 (Calculus mini).  Note:  If you have not taken Thermodynamics, come and talk to me!

Course Objectives

* As part of this course, you will be expected to become proficient in the use of MathCAD 2000. You will be instructed in the basic use of this package and how to apply it to the techniques learned in the course.

Course Structure

The goals of this course are really twofold: to develop skills in solving mathematical problems and to develop skills in mathematical modeling of physical situations. Therefore, the first half of each lecture will concentrate on the techniques and will be similar to the math courses that you have had in the past. The second half of each lecture will focus on using those techniques to solve engineering problems and in developing mathematical models. These two parts are intimately connected and neither should be considered less important. Homework and exams will have a similar structure.

The following text is required for this course:

Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 8th Edition by E. Kreyszig, John Wiley&Sons Publ. 1999**

** In 1998 & 1999, the 7th edition of this text was used. If you have a used copy of the 7th edition, it is probably alright, but I expect you to check for consistency in homework problems etc.


Contact Information and Office Hours

Instructor: Prof. Lynn Walker
Office Hours
  DH A 219  
  268-3020 T 1:30 - 2:00  

Teaching Assistants:   Office Hours
  Tim Gaydos  
  DH A107 W 4:30 - 5:30
  Vikas Goel  
  DH 3116 M 1:30 - 2:30

...or by appointment with any of us. Make an appointment by e-mail.


Grading and Policies

Grading: Homework 30 %
  Exams (3) 50 %
  Final 20 %

Exams will be given on Tuesday February 13, Thursday March 22 and Thursday April 26. The final exam will be given during the regular final exam period.