ChemE 457 – Molecular
Eng.- Spring 2018
Course Instructor: René M. Overney
245 Benson, 206-543-4353, E-mail the instructor
Hellner, Benson 109, E-mail TA
Faulkner, Benson 109, E-mail TA
Lectures/Recitations: JHN 175
Lecture: M: 8:30 – 10:20; W: 9:30 – 10:20
Recitation: F: 9:
30 – 10:20
schedule details below)
Overney (BNS 245): Wed 11:30 - 12:30
129): Fri 11:30
(BNS 109): Th 1:30 - 2:30
Molecular Driving Forces – Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology,
Physics, and Nanoscience (2nd Ed.) by K.A. Dill and S.
Bromberg; Garland Science, NY
Covers the basics of
molecular interactions and aspects of statistical mechanics with focus on
material properties and reaction kinetics. More specifically, the course
entails the discussion of the microscopic molecular aspects of
thermodynamic properties, molecular interactions and phase and solution
properties, phase formation (adsorption, self-assembly, nucleation and
growth), chemical kinetics, and physical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM E
310; CHEM E 325; CHEM 455. Offered: Sp.
Within the framework of the
accreditation procedure (ABET) it is measured whether students meet the
course objectives. In this course the course objectives will be measured
with homework assignments and exams that test the students understanding of
the theory and applications, which the students were exposed to. The
students’ performance will provide continuous feedback and provide
improvement of the syllabus.
Course credit is based on
- Course Participation
(Homework, Participation in Class) (10 %),
- Quizzes (20%)
- 2 Midterm Exams (40%), and
- Final Exam (30%).
Exam dates see Schedule
one-hour midterm exam (closed and open book) and a two-hour comprehensive
final exam (closed and open book). All examinations are required and there
will be no make-ups. Missing an examination or not turning one in is graded
as a failure (0.0).
Homework and Weekly
Homework is weekly, assigned on
Monday and due the following Monday (except May 26) at the beginning of
recitation. There is a 10 minute Quiz every Recitation.
Quiz Solutions and Homework Assignments and Solutions are posted at
Readings and Summary
Reading is assigned with
homework. Occasionally, a written summary of the reading assignment is required,
and handed in with the homework.
Mar. 26 Instructions
Apr. 20 Engineering Discovery Day (no class)
Recitation is shifted to
Monday April 23
Apr. 25 Midterm 1
May 16 Midterm
May 28 Holiday (no class)
Jun. 1 Last day of instruction
Jun. 5 Final Exam: Tuesday, 12:30-2:20 a.m. (JHN 175)
If any student has a learning disability or other
special needs, please inform the instructor the first week of class so we
can make special arrangements to accommodate you.