Numerical problems and agent-based models: For a mass transfer course

Manohar Murthi*, Lonnie D. Shea, Randall Q Snurr

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The Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science has provided their first-year students with the computer solution of numerical problems using MATLAB, that can incorporate a graphical user interface and good graphing capabilities. A number of chemical engineering departments have also added undergraduate courses in molecular simulation and theory so as to increase the student's familiarity with the solution of ODEs using MATLAB. The MATLAB incorporates a two-point boundary value problem solver called bvp4c useful in solving the problems that covered the use of file input and output, functions, function handles, data structures and graphing. With the help of provided systems students can solve any kind of problem without much assistance with an overview of the code contained in the README file.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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