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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:
CHE 255, MATH 238
Course Description and Credit Hours
Reaction rate equations and comparisons with experimental data; use of rate information for the design of chemical reactors. Offered primarily in the spring semester.
Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
- FOGLER / ESSENTIALS OF CHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING (W/CD) (Choose One)
- FOGLER (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) ESSENTIALS OF CHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING (W/CD) (RENTAL)
- FOGLER (EBOOK) / ESSENTIALS OF CHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING (Choose One)
Reaction rate equations and comparison with experimental data;
Use of rate information for the design of chemical reactors.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students describe ideal reactor types with mathematical terms.
Students analyze, chose and design reactors based on mole balance, conversion and heat transfer.
Students design experiments and interpret experimental data.
Students solve coupled ordinary differential equations using software package.
Students use mechanistic insights to develop complex reaction kinetics.
Students incorporate catalyst activity, selectivity, and stability in reactor design.
Other Course Materials
Polymath Software (recommended, but optional).
Outline of Topics
1. Mole balance and conversion
2. Rate Equations
3. Ideal reactor
5. Pressure drop
6. Multiple reactions
7. Complex kinetics
8. Energy balance
10. Numerical solutions
Exams and Assignments
Midterm exams: There will be 3 midterm exams. The lowest score of the three can be dropped. The two highest scores will be used to calculate the grade. If you miss an exam with a certified medical excuse, you may take the exam at a designated time after consultation with Dr. Huang. Exams missed without a medical excuse will be graded as zero.
Exams will be closed book, but you are allowed to bring a single sided one-page (maximum 8.5"x11" size) handwritten note to the exam. Exams will be given during the normal class hour.
Final: One comprehensive final. The final is counted as 30% of the grade. The final will be given at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm on May 4th. Students are referred to UA calendar at registrar office or at http://registrar.ua.edu/academiccalendar/ for any updates or changes of this date. If you can not make the final with a certified medical excuse, you may take the final at a designated time after consultation with Dr. Huang. Final missed without a medical excuse will be graded as zero.
Final will also be closed book, but you are allowed to bring a single sided one-page (maximum 8.5"x11" size) handwritten note.
Quiz: Quizzes will be given frequently during the class and will be collected at the end of each quiz. Quizzes will be closed book and closed notes. The quizzes are used to test the understanding and the progress of students. It is also used to check the attendance. No make-up for quizzes unless you are pre-approved to be absent.
Homework: Home assignments will be given once a week and will be collected one week after the assignment.
Grade = 20% * homework
+ 10% * Quizzes
+ 20% * 2 highest scores of the 3 midterm exams
+ 30% * final
The minimum cutoff points for assigning grades are: 97.0 A+, 93.0 A, 90.0 A-, 87.0 B+, 83.0 B, 80.0, B-, 77.0 C+, 73.0 C, 70.0 C-, 67.0 D+, 63.0 D, 60.0 D-. (If you get an 80% in the course, the lowest grade that you could receive is a B-). If the class average is less than 83% at the end of the semester, I will curve the grade scale so that the average is a “B”. Grades two standard deviations or more above may be considered “A+”, while grades two standard deviations below or more may be considered an “F”. I reserve the right to “bump up” grades slightly based on attendance, effort, and improvement over the course of the semester.
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
If you miss an exam or quiz with a certified medical excuse, you may take the exam at a designated time after consultation with Dr. Huang.
Attendance will be taken into consideration using the quizzes. I reserve the right to “bump up” grades slightly based on attendance, effort, and improvement over the course of the semester.
Statement on Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Code of Academic Conduct provided in the Online Catalog.
Statement On Disability Accommodations
Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.
Severe Weather Protocol
Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.
Pregnant Student Accommodations
Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.
Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.
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