Computational Tools for Chemical Engineers

Computational Tools for Chemical Engineers
Use of spreadsheets, advanced equation-solving packages, and structured languages to solve engineering problems. Introduction to chemical process principles.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCH EN 170 & MATH 113; or concurrent enrollment.
 NoteCollege Lecture attendance required.
 TaughtFall, Spring
 ProgramsContaining CH EN 263
Course Outcomes

Math Fundamentals

Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematics (including calculus, linear and nonlinear simultaneous equation solving, etc.) by using computer tools to solve problems.

Engineering Units in SI and AES systems

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 like Mathcad.


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.

Mathematics Software

Students will be able to solve numerical and symbolic problems using advanced math software (e.g. Mathcad).

Write and Understand Program Structures

Students will be able to write program structures, and understand when programming is most appropriate.


Students will demonstrate an ability to solve engineering problems.

Problem-Solving into Algorithms for Procedures

Students will be able to convert problem solving strategies to procedural algorithms.

Estimations, Assessments, and Selections

Students will be able to make order of magnitude estimates, assess reasonableness of solutions, and select appropriate levels of solution sophistication.