Fundamentals of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Description: Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, seven hours. Enforced requisites: Chemistry 20B, 20L (not enforced), Mathematics 32B (may be taken concurrently), Physics 1A. Introduction to analysis and design of industrial chemical processes. Material and energy balances. Introduction to programming in MATLAB. Letter grading.

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Fall 2019 - Just a heads up, CH-ENGR-100 is NOT a class taught solely by a single professor. For our quarter, we had around five different professors lecture across the span of ten weeks, each on their own specialty. As such, I will only comment only on the structure of the class and Professor Rahardianto himself. The major of your grades will be based around two midterms and a single final exam. In between are weekly homework assignments and quizzes in your discussions. The homework assignments, while not difficult, are in fact time consuming. It would serve you well to invest some time in learning Excel and Matlab in order to simplify your homework and finish it a lot quicker (a lot of people complained about taking 10+ hours to finish the homework, but if you're tech savvy, you can shave that down to 4 hours like me). It's still a time commitment, so make sure to start your homework early. The quizzes are relatively easy; simply go over the lecture slides for the week before your discussion and look at vocabulary and key equations, and you'll do fine. The midterms and final are very straightforward and similar to your homework. However, you are required to think critically, as expected of an engineer; the majority of the questions can be easily reasoned through even without prior knowledge, and generous amounts of partial credit is given. As long as you do your homework, and ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND IT, you'll ace every exam. The lectures themselves vary quite a bit in terms of quality, depending on the lecturing professor. I will only discuss Professor Rahardianto for this review; Professor Rahardianto is a new professor, and thus isn't exactly the best lecturer. However, he is very willing to help his students and provide clarifications, and is empathetic and flexible with assignments. I found his lectures best when you have a laptop on your lap opened to the textbook, which would provide supplementary information while he is lecturing. Don't worry too much about taking notes; he always posts the slides on CCLE afterwards. Overall, I found this class to be mildly challenging and definitely rewarding. This is basically a required class for all chemical engineers, and does give a good impression of what chemical engineering entails.
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