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  • Course Number: CHE 100

    Course Title: Chemical Engineering Concepts 1 Lecture

    Calendar Term(s): F

    Credit Weight: 0.75 (along with the lab)

    Hours per week: 3LEC, 1TUT, 6LAB



    Introduction to basic methods and principles in Chemical Engineering.

    The fundamentals of engineering calculations (units and dimensions),

    behaviour of fluids, mass balances, process and process variables.

    Laboratory on visual communication: engineering graphics, computer

    software including spreadsheets, computer aided design. Technical

    communication: word processing software, elements of technical report

    writing. Aspects of the engineering profession including ethics, safety,

    and intellectual property Professional development including resume

    skills, interview skills, and preparation for co-op terms.

    Prerequisite: 1A Chemical Engineering

    CEAB Math: 6.0

    CEAB Basic Sc.: 0.0

    CEAB Eng. Sc.: 24.0

    CEAB Eng. Dgn.: 24.0

    CEAB CSE: 6.0

    Instructor(s): Eric Croiset

    Textbook: Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, Third Edition, R.M. Felder

    and R.W. Rousseau, John Wiley & Sond Ed., 2005.

    Software: Microsoft Excel and Word

    Resources needs: 5 TAs at

    Labs: 6 weeks * (1prep + 6lab + 6marking)/wk = 78 hrs

    Assignment: 2 wks * (10marking)/wk = 20 hrs

    Office hours: 12 wks * 1/wk = 12 hrs

    Proctoring exams: = 6 hrs

    Total: 116 hrs/TA

    (Also make use of 2 WEEF TAs in the lab)

    Weekly Description of Topics Covered

    Week 1 General presentation of the course. Introduction to Chemical Engineering,

    Processes and Problem solving in engineering.

    Week 2 Part I Chemical Engineering Calculation.

    Units and Conversion Systems of units, conversion. Significant figures.

    Forces and weight. Dimensional homogeneity and dimensionless


    Week 3 Sample mean and sample variance. Process data representation and

    analysis (2 pts interpolation, introduction to least square method). Curve

    fitting non linear relationship.

  • Week 4 Part II - Process and process variables.

    mass, volume, density, specific gravity. Flow rates. Chemical

    composition (mole, lb-mole, molecular weigth, mass and mole fractions,

    average molecular weight of mixtures, concentration). Parts per million

    and parts per billion.

    Week 5 Pressure: Fluid pressure and hydrostatic head. Absolute pressure and

    pressure gauge. Fluid pressure measurement (bourdon gauge,


    Week 6 Part III - Material balance

    Flowchart representation of a unit/process. General material balance

    equation. Material balance for a batch process. Material balance for a

    steady-state continuous process. Material balance for a semi-batch


    Week 7 Material balance on multiple unit operation. Degree of freedom analysis.

    Series of problems done in class for material balance without reactions.

    Material balance with recycle stream.

    Week 8 Material balance with reactions: terminology (extent of reaction, single

    vs. multiple reactions. Series of problems done in class for material

    balance with reactions.

    Week 9 Material balance with reaction, product separation and recycle. Material

    balance on reactive system with recycle and purge. Series of problems

    done in class on material balance involving reaction, recycle and purge.

    Week 10 Combustion chemistry. Material balances with combustion reactions.

    Series of problems done in class on material balances with combustion


    Week 11 Part IV Estimating Properties of Substances.

    Solids and liquids. Ideal gases. Real gases. Compressibility factor

    equation of state. Law of corresponding state.

    Week 12 Mixture of real gases. Kays rule.

    Review problems on material balances (including multiple reactions).

    Examination type:

    Midterm: Closed book

    Final: Only textbook allowed.

    Marking Scheme:

    Assignments: 5%

    Quizzes: 5%

    Labs: 20%

    Midterm exam: 20%

    Final exam: 50%

    Special marking


    If average of midterm and final (with weight of 35% and 65%,

    respectively) below 50, then it becomes the course grade.

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