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Mathematics And Chemical Engineering Education

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.701.1 - 6.701.7



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Michael Graham

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Jan Puszynski

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Anton Pintar

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Jenna Carpenter

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Michael Cutlip

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Session 2565


Jenna P. Carpenter, Michael B. Cutlip, Michael D. Graham, Anton J. Pintar, and Jan A. Puszynski

Louisiana Tech University/University of Connecticut/ University of Wisconsin-Madison/Michigan Technological University/ South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Joint Session on Mathematics Requirements in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Sponsored by the Mathematics and Chemical Engineering Divisions 2001 ASEE Annual Meeting Albuquerque, NM June 26, 2001

ABSTRACT This paper is based on the report developed by the authors at the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) Curriculum Foundations Engineering Workshop held at Clemson University in May 2000. The objectives of this paper are to identify the mathematics needed by chemical engineering undergraduates, to stimulate a dialog between mathematics and chemical engineering educators on this topic, and to determine the most effective way of providing the necessary mathematics. The focus is on subject matter and not on pedagogy.

The broad categories of mathematics essential to chemical engineering are pre-calculus foundations (provided by the K-12 school system or the by first-year university mathematics program), linear algebra, calculus, differential equations, and probability/statistics. Important topics within each area can be identified. The best place and time to teach this body of knowledge is open to discussion i.e.. what topics are best taught by the mathematics department, what topics should be incorporated into chemical engineering courses, what topics should be covered in the first and second years, and to what extent should the mathematics be spread out over four years?

The effective use of “mathematics technology” in mathematics and chemical engineering courses is discussed. Also, various ways are presented for exposing students to chemical engineering applications in the mathematics courses.

Introduction The Mathematics Association of America (MAA) has begun a major analysis of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum through the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM). Two subcommittees of CUPM are involved in this study: Calculus Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Graham, M., & Puszynski, J., & Pintar, A., & Carpenter, J., & Cutlip, M. (2001, June), Mathematics And Chemical Engineering Education Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9533

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