Class Details

Chemistry for Engineers

The course is conceived within a framework of four fundamental scientific-knowledge domains that underpin chemical engineering as a discipline: i) conservation of matter and energy; ii) structure and properties of matter; iii) equilibrium and spontaneity; and, iv) rates of reaction and transport.

The course comprises six modules. At the end of each module, students are expected to be able to explain observable physical phenomena from a microscopic viewpoint and to apply this understanding to the analysis and solution of practical problems. At the end of the course, students should be able to recognize the relevance of physical chemistry to their own engineering discipline and also be able to communicate with other professionals, including physical chemists and chemical engineers, using appropriate terminology. Modules 2, 3 and 5 are currently available and modules on stoichiometry, equilibrium in reactive systems, and rates of reaction are expected to be available by Fall 2017.

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Rachael Verbruggen (rachael.verbruggen@uwaterloo.ca)