ChEn 433 Syllabus



CB 381


Tuesday, Thurday: 8:00-9:15 AM


  • ChEn 373 (thermodynamics) or equivalent
  • ChEn 374 (fluid mechanics) or equivalent
  • ChEn 376 (heat transfer) or equivalent
  • Recommended: Junior standing in an engineering major
  • See instructor for special permissions


The course website is


David O. Lignell
330T Engineering Building
801-422-1772 (voice or text)
Office hours: T, W, Th 3:00-4:00 pm Zoom link


Maisy Behrang
EB 312
Office hours: M, W, F 1:00-2:00 pm



Energy for Future Presidents

Other references are listed on the course webpage.


  • Homework will be turned in on Learning Suite as a single file.
  • Grades for individual assignments will be posted on Learning Suite.
  • All students must complete their own assignment reflecting their own work, but group work is allowed.
  • You may not refer to any solutions from previous semesters.
  • Assignments are due at 10:00 pm on the due date.
    • Submissions after 11:00 pm will be accepted up to one week late for half credit.
    • Deadline extensions due to, e.g., sickness, must be approved no later the due date/time.


  • You may not refer to any solutions from previous semesters.
  • The final exam is scheduled for Thursday December 21 at 7:00 AM. Plan your end of year travel accordingly.


Grades for the course will be based on the following distribution:

  • Attendance: 5%
  • Homework/Quizzes: 40%
  • Midterms/Projects: 40%
  • Final exam: 15%

Grade scale: A ≥ 95%; A- ≥ 90%; B+ ≥ 87%; B ≥ 83%; B- ≥ 80%; etc.

Learning outcomes

  • Energy Use
    • Explain the history of energy use and past energy supply issues.
    • Explore current and probable future issues with energy use.
  • Sources & Cost of Energy
    • Describe current, conventional sources of energy, their availability, and current costs.
  • Alternate Energy Sources
    • Describe alternate sources of energy, their technical feasibility, and relative cost.
  • Principals of Energy Processing
    • Explain the technical working principles of major energy processing systems (gas and wind turbines, boilers, heat engines, solar cells, bioenergy, gasification, wave and tidal power and energy storage).
  • Role of Energy
    • Appreciate of the role of energy in society, and how energy affects life styles and political and economic stability.
  • Energy Use Patterns
    • Evaluate personal, household, and industrial energy use patterns, and understand ways to minimize the environmental and societal impacts of energy usage, including criteria pollutant management, options and implications for managing climate change, and energy resource issues.
  • Energy Career Opportunities
    • Understand current and potential future energy career opportunities.

BYU Policy Statments

Academic Honesty

The first injunction of the BYU Honor Code is the call to be honest. Students come to the university not only to improve their minds, gain knowledge, and develop skills that will assist them in their life’s work, but also to build character. President David O. McKay taught that “character is the highest aim of education” (The Aims of a BYU Education, p. 6). It is the purpose of the BYU Academic Honesty Policy to assist in fulfilling that aim. BYU students should seek to be totally honest in their dealings with others. They should complete their own work and be evaluated based upon that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.

Honor Code

In keeping with the principles of the BYU Honor Code, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic work. Academic honesty means, most fundamentally, that any work you present as your own must in fact be your own work and not that of another. Violations of this principle may result in a failing grade in the course and additional disciplinary action by the university. Students are also expected to adhere to the Dress and Grooming Standards. Adherence demonstrates respect for yourself and others and ensures an effective learning and working environment. It is the university’s expectation, and every instructor’s expectation in class, that each student will abide by all Honor Code standards. Please call the Honor Code Office at 422-2847 if you have questions about those standards.

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In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, BYU prohibits unlawful sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment by its personnel and students. Sexual harassment occurs when

  • a person is subjected to unwelcome sexual speech or conduct so severe, pervasive, and offensive that it effectively denies their ability to access any BYU education program or activity;
  • any aid, benefit, or service of BYU is conditioned on a person’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; or
  • a person suffers sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking on the basis of sex.

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Inappropriate Use of Course Materials

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