ERIC Number: EJ849966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Numerical Problems and Agent-Based Models for a Mass Transfer Course
Murthi, Manohar; Shea, Lonnie D.; Snurr, Randall Q.
Chemical Engineering Education, v43 n2 p153-159 Spr 2009
Problems requiring numerical solutions of differential equations or the use of agent-based modeling are presented for use in a course on mass transfer. These problems were solved using the popular technical computing language MATLABTM. Students were introduced to MATLAB via a problem with an analytical solution. A more complex problem to which no analytical solution exists was then assigned. An example follows using agent-based simulation techniques to solve problems that are difficult to formulate in terms of differential equations. This example was used as a course project in which a kinetic Monte Carlo simulation was used by students to investigate progenitor cell invasion into a polymeric tissue engineering scaffold.
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Education, Calculus, Computer Simulation, Monte Carlo Methods, Problem Solving, Programming Languages, Cytology, Courses
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