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ERIC Number: EJ1085671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Using Mathematica to Teach Process Units: A Distillation Case Study
Rasteiro, Maria G.; Bernardo, Fernando P.; Saraiva, Pedro M.
Chemical Engineering Education, v39 n2 Spr 2005
The question addressed here is how to integrate computational tools, namely interactive general-purpose platforms, in the teaching of process units. Mathematica has been selected as a complementary tool to teach distillation processes, with the main objective of leading students to achieve a better understanding of the physical phenomena involved and thereafter design the corresponding equipment. This strategy has mutual benefits, allowing good understanding of the process units studied and, simultaneously, providing a perceptive way of learning how to use a computational platform to solve engineering problems. It is claimed that this methodology represents an improvement on the more traditional strategy of teaching process units and computational tools as separate courses.
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville, FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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