ISBN 9781466575349,Numerical Methods For Chemical Engineers Using Excel, Vba, And Matlab

Numerical Methods For Chemical Engineers Using Excel, Vba, And Matlab


Victor J. Law


CRC Press



CRC Press

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9781466575349

ISBN-10 1466575344

Hard Back

Number of Pages 247 Pages
Language (English)


While teaching the Numerical Methods for Engineers course over the last 15 years, the author found a need for a new textbook, one that was less elementary, provided applications and problems better suited for chemical engineers, and contained instruction in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). This led to six years of developing teaching notes that have been enhanced to create the current textbook, Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers Using Excel, VBA, and MATLAB. Focusing on Excel gives the advantage of it being generally available, since it is present on every computerPC and Macthat has Microsoft Office installed. The VBA programming environment comes with Excel and greatly enhances the capabilities of Excel spreadsheets. While there is no perfect programming system, teaching this combination offers knowledge in a widely available program that is commonly used (Excel) as well as a popular academic software package (MATLAB). Chapters cover nonlinear equations, Visual Basic, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, regression analysis, partial differential equations, and mathematical programming methods. Each chapter contains examples that show in detail how a particular numerical method or programming methodology can be implemented in Excel and/or VBA (or MATLAB in chapter 10). Most of the examples and problems presented in the text are related to chemical and biomolecular engineering and cover a broad range of application areas including thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transfer, reaction kinetics, reactor design, process design, and process control. The chapters feature Did You Know boxes, used to remind readers of Excel features. They also contain end-of-chapter exercises, with solutions provided.