Selecting the appropriate numerical software for a chemical engineering course

Mordechai Shacham, Michael B. Cutlip

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Criteria for evaluating mathematical software packages and the results of a recent comparison of such packages are briefly reviewed. A benchm ark problem that was developed based on the results of this comparison is presented. This problem can be used in various courses. representing various levels of knowledge in chemical process analysis, mathematical modeling and numerical methods where the solution is achieved using the software most appropriate to the objectives of the particular course This work demonstrates and illustrates the conclusion that the most educational benefits can begained by using several packages throughout the chemical engineering curriculum. The software that is most appropriate for a particular course must be determined according to the course objectives and the previous exposure of the students to mathem atical models, numerical algorithms and computer programming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S645-S648
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1999


  • Chemical engineering
  • Mathematical software
  • Modeling
  • Numerical methods
  • Problem solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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