These resources give an overview of the material in each chapter and provide extra explanations, examples, and applications to reinforce the basic concepts of chemical reaction engineering. The learning resources on the DVD include:
1. Summary Notes
The Summary Notes of the lectures given at the University of Michigan will serve as an overview of each chapter. They contain a logical flow of the equations being derived, along with additional examples and material that can be viewed either before or after reading the text.
2. Web Modules
These modules show how key concepts of chemical reaction engineering can be applied to non-standard problems (e.g. the use of Wetlands to degrade toxic chemicals). Current modules focus on Chapters 4 and 6 and include Wetlands, Cobra Bites, Membrane Reactors and Reactive Distillation modules. Additional web modules are expected to be added over the next several years.
3. Interactive Computer Games
Most chapters have one or more interactive computer games (ICGs) to accompany them as a learning resource. For these chapters, students can use the corresponding ICG(s) to review the important material and then apply it to real problems in a unique and entertaining fashion. Each module contains:
Review of concepts
Solution to the problem
For example, in the Murder Mystery game students take on the role of assistant sleuth as they use basic chemical engineering principles to solve the strange disappearance of several of the Nutmega Spice Company's employees. This particular game has long been a favorite with students around the world.
4. Self Tests
To help you assess your comprehension of the material, two types of self tests are included Exercises and i>clickers. The Exercises require you to input a parameter, a numerical value or may have a multiple choice question. Not every chapter has an Exercises. i>clickers questions are all multiple choice questions. Once you select on of the hot buttons [A],[B],[C],or [D], the correct answer will be displayed.
5. Solved Problems
A number of solved problems are presented along with problem solving heuristics. Problem solving strategies and additional worked example problems and are available in the Problem Solving section of the website. The Ten Types of Home Problems section contains two worked examples for each of the ten home problem types. These examples are based on the material from Chapter 4, and they provide useful information on how one can attack homework problems. The section on Getting Unstuck (in the Closed-Ended Problem section) is especially helpful.
6. Study Aids
This section contains study resources for following along the overview of class. Included are practice exams, topic overview outlines, and more.
7. Learn ChemE Videos
LearnChemE.com is an ongoing project that consists of creating and providing short videos covering topics in engineering courses.
8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Questions and ambiguities that often come up when studying reaction engineering are included in the FAQ section for each chapter.
You can browse to the Learning Resources of the chapter you want by clicking the corresponding link below:
- Chapter 1: Mole Balances
- Chapter 2: Conversion and Reactor Sizing
- Chapter 3: Rate Laws
- Chapter 4: Stoichiometry
- Chapter 5: Isothermal Reactor Design: Conversion
- Chapter 6: Isothermal Reactor Design: Molar Flow Rates
- Chapter 7: Collection and Analysis of Rate Data
- Chapter 8: Multiple Reactions
- Chapter 9: Reaction Mechanisms, Pathways, Bioreactions and Bioreactors
- Chapter 10: Catalysis and Catalytic Reactors
- Chapter 11: Nonisothermal Reactor Design: The Steady-State Energy Balance
- Chapter 12: Steady-State Nonisothermal Reactor Design: Flow Reactors with Heat Exchange
- Chapter 13: Unsteady-State Nonisothermal Reactor Design
- Chapter 14: External Diffusion Effects on Heteregeneous Reactions
- Chapter 15: Diffusion and Reaction in Porous Catalysts
- Chapter 16: Distributions of Residence Times for Chemical Reactors
- Chapter 17: Predicting Conversion Directly From the Residual Time Distribution
- Chapter 18: Models for Nonideal Reactors