Introducing Students to Basic ChE Concepts: Four Simple Experiments
This paper describes four simple experiments that are used in a new course to introduce first-year students at the University of Cape Town to chemical engineering, including the fundamental phenomena of heat transfer, mass transfer, momentum transfer, and reaction kinetics. The paper describes the context of the course, the objectives of the experiments, the details of how they were developed and run, and how they met the objectives. It then presents the modeling of two of the experiments, together with a comparison of the model predictions with experimental data. It concludes with an evaluation of both the experiments in the context of the course.