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Spring 2023

January 9, 2023 - May 5, 2023
3 Semester Credit Hours

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Carl Lira
(517) 355-9731
E-mail: lira@msu.edu

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
2100 Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
FAX (517) 432-1105


Math through integral calculus, physics, physical chemistry. Multivariable calculus is not required, but is helpful. Organic chemistry is helpful for nomenclature. Physical chemistry is helpful because of the typical introduction to thermodynamics of simple systems. It is possible to succeed in ChE804 without Organic or Physical Chemistry courses.

Click for an overview of calculus used in ChE804 (pdf format). acrobat reader link


Quizzes/final exam are open book, but only printed textbooks can be used during these assessments. Purchase printed versions of the texts.

Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, R. M. Felder, R. W. Rousseau, L.G. Bullard, Wiley, 4th ed., 2015, available printed as looseleaf, 978-1-118-43122-1. The 3rd edition is also acceptable, and may be available used for a lower cost.

Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, J. R. Elliott, C. T. Lira, Prentice-Hall, 2nd ed., 2012, ISBN 0136068545;

Chemical Reaction Engineering, O. Levenspiel, 3rd., Wiley, 1999, ISBN 047125424X

Course Objectives:

To provide chemical engineering training for students whose backgrounds do not include a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. To develop competence to analyze and design chemical engineering systems based on principles of thermodynamics and kinetics.

Course Description:

ChE804 is part of a two-course sequence designed to teach chemical engineering principles to non-chemical engineers or to assist practicing chemical engineers to review fundamentals. The other course is ChE805, Foundations of Chemical Engineering II.  The order in which these courses are taken is not important.  The sequence is intended for continuing education, as well as for students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in chemical engineering.

Principles of Chemical Engineering. Mass and energy balances in batch, continuous, and open systems. Process thermodynamics. Cryogenics. Properties of substances and mixtures. Phase equilibria. Chemical reaction equilibria. Chemical reactor kinetics. Process design orientation.

Course Requirements:

General: The course is through a 15 week semester. A course calendar is followed.

Homework: Daily assignments are given. Homework is collected approximately weekly.

Examinations: Biweekly quizzes. In addition, one final exam. A scientific calculator with trigonometric functions, logarithms, etc. is required. No computers, tablets, cell phones, communication electronics, photography or internet browsing are permitted during quizzes/exams.

Percentage of grade in parentheses
CREDIT STUDENTS: All homework(20%), quizzes(55%), and final exam(25%) required.
AUDIT STUDENTS: Attend only, access to homework solutions at all times, no homework, quizzes, or final exam collected or graded.
CONTINUING ED CERTIFICATE STUDENTS (non-credit): No homework collected, access to homework solutions at all times. Quizzes(67%) and final exam(33%) required. Performance at a level of 3.0/4.0 on graded material is required for a certificate.

Computer Facilities: Requires MS-Excel 2003 or greater. Requirements for the Internet are listed on the computer setup page.

Overview Information:

Topical Outline and Lesson List: This link provides a detailed listing of the course lessons.

Sample Calendar: This link provides an example of the course calandar and the book sections covered.

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Example Lesson: This link provides an example lesson, so that you can see how the lecture notes are downloaded, and how the lecture is provided. You can also watch the lecture at a time when you are likely to view the lectures to be sure your internet connection and computer are suitable.

Course Content (html5, 7min:38sec) provides on overview of the types of material that will be covered in the course and how the content fits into a conventional undergraduate curriculum.

Textbook Information (html5, 1min:38sec) proivides a quick overview of the textbooks.

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Course syllabus overview (html5, 5min:50sec) provides an overview of the course policy and expectations.

Course Syllabus

Logging in and Configuring Profile (mp4, 5min:11sec) shows important hints to configure your settings for a successful semester.

Additional Information: This link provides information on the course philosophy, methods to enroll in the course, and the costs.