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Problem-solving and concept integration using a computational tool in first-year undergraduate chemical engineering

Authors
Journal
Education for Chemical Engineers
1749-7728
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
7
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ece.2012.05.001
Keywords
  • Cross-Course Learning
  • Problem-Solving
  • Matlab
  • Mathematical Translation
  • First-Year Engineering
Disciplines
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Education

Abstract

Abstract A computational MATLAB Tool with examples based on typical Chemical Engineering (ChE) problems has been designed. The Tool is intended to assist students with the development of problem-solving skills and to encourage cross-course learning in the first-year ChE curriculum. The Tool is module-based, with each module consisting of problems from a first-year ChE course. Each of the problems is solved with emphasis placed on the specific problem-solving methodology followed to reach the solution and includes an application of MATLAB, the programming language taught in the first-year ChE computational programming course. Extension problems for additional practice are also included. The Tool has been specifically designed for first-year students to help them develop their programming skills early in their education and to encourage connections between the first-year ChE courses. The Tool has been used by first-year ChE students and their feedback is presented. A copy of the MATLAB Tool can be obtained by contacting the corresponding author.

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