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10.34 Numerical Methods Applied to Chemical Engineering, Fall 2005

Velocity distribution inside duct, Newtonian fluid.
Velocity distribution inside duct, Newtonian fluid. (Produced by Professor Kenneth Beers with MATLAB® software.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of over 40 lecture notes, and a MATLAB® tutorial and a collection of MATLAB®-related tools in the tools section.

Course Description

This course focuses on the use of modern computational and mathematical techniques in chemical engineering. Starting from a discussion of linear systems as the basic computational unit in scientific computing, methods for solving sets of nonlinear algebraic equations, ordinary differential equations, and differential-algebraic (DAE) systems are presented. Probability theory and its use in physical modeling is covered, as is the statistical analysis of data and parameter estimation. The finite difference and finite element techniques are presented for converting the partial differential equations obtained from transport phenomena to DAE systems. The use of these techniques will be demonstrated throughout the course in the MATLAB® computing environment.

Technical Requirement

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m.



Prof. Kenneth Beers

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session




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