Tuesday/Thursday; Sec. 1: 8:00-9:50; Sec. 2: 9:00-9:50; Sec. 3: 10:00-10:50
ChEn 170, Math 113 (or concurrent)
The course website is ignite.byu.edu/che263
David O. Lignell
330P Engineering Building
Office hours (general, not only 263): M-F 1:00-2:00 PM
As you use office hours, please be aware that it is not appropriate for the TAs to give you answers or work the problems for you. We want to help you learn, but we will primarily provide guidance, ideas, and techniques. Debugging is a common issue and often much learning happens when debugging problems. We often help with this, but you should not expect the instructor or TAs to debug your codes.
This course teaches basic computer skills for chemical engineers. Computational skills are essential in today's environment. Chemical engineering involves solving problems for engineering design and analysis. Often, these problems are complex, nonlinear, require many steps, are to be solved many times, and often do not have closed form solutions. We will learn to use a spreadsheet (Excel), a programming language (Python), and a numerical software package (Mathcad). We will also cover basic numerical methods, and problem solving techniques in chemical engineering. Your skills and confidence as an engineer will grow with your abilities to tackle new and important problems. Specific course competencies are listed below.
There is no required textbook. Lecture notes and online materials will be used.
Lectures will be conducted in a room with a computer for every student. All homework assignments will require the use of a computer. Students may use their own computers or those in university computer labs. College computers are in the CAEDM labs in CB 425, CB 308, CTB 450, and EB 207. To use the CAEDM computers, registration must first be completed using the terminal located outside room CB 423. Here is a link for more information: https://caedm.et.byu.edu/.
You will need to save copies of all of your work. You can do this in your space on CAEDM (“J: drive”), or with a flash drive, etc.
Homework is due by 9:00 AM on the assigned day. Late homework will not be accepted. The lowest three homework scores will be dropped. Exceptions for exceptional circumstances may be granted, such as for illness. Homework will be turned in on Learning Suite. Grades will be posted on Learning Suite. All students must complete their own assignment reflecting their own work. You may not refer to any solutions from previous semesters or posted videos outside this course.
Most classes will include a short quiz at the beginning and/or the end. These can be taken multiple times.
There will be four midterms. These will be administered through Learning Suite outside of class. You will be told of any questions you miss and you can retake those questions for 1/2 credit.
The final will be at the university scheduled time and held in the regular classroom. Please schedule any travel plans accordingly.
Grades for the course will be based on the following distribution:
|2.1||2||M||Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematics (including calculus, linear and nonlinear simultaneous equation solving, etc.) by using computer tools to solve problems.|
|3.1.1||3||M||Students will be able to use basic engineering units in both SI and AES systems in solving problems, and be able to convert between unit systems while using an equation solver.|
|5.2||2||M||Students will be able to use a spreadsheet package to perform engineering calculations which include some of the following: economic analysis, processing and analysis of data, graphical analysis and presentation, etc.|
|5.3||2||M||Students will be able to solve numerical and symbolic problems using advanced math software.|
|5.4||2||M||Students will be able to write program structures, and understand when programming is most appropriate.|
|6.1||3||P||Students will demonstrate an ability to solve engineering problems.|
|6.2||2||M||Students will be able to convert problem solving strategies to procedural algorithms.|
|6.6||2||M||Students will be able to make order of magnitude estimates, assess reasonableness of solutions, and select appropriate levels of solution sophistication.|
Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematics (including calculus, linear and nonlinear simultaneous equation solving, etc.) by using computer tools to solve problems.
Students will be able to use basic engineering units in both SI and AES systems in solving problems, and be able to convert between unit systems while using an equation solver.
Students will be able to use a spreadsheet package to perform engineering calculations which include some of the following: economic analysis, processing and analysis of data, graphical analysis and presentation, etc.
Students will be able to solve numerical and symbolic problems using advanced math software.
Students will be able to write program structures, and understand when programming is most appropriate.
Students will demonstrate an ability to solve engineering problems.
Students will be able to convert problem solving strategies to procedural algorithms.
Students will be able to make order of magnitude estimates, assess reasonableness of solutions, and select appropriate levels of solution sophistication.
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