It got me dizzy whenever I heard or read any news related to qualification examination. I know it is not only qualification exam needs to be passed during my three years study at NTUST, but also some other requirements such as completing the 18 credits courses and some list of publications from research work. Only when you pass the qualification exam then you will feel you are 50 % near to graduate, and take the exam is a MUST. There are two core courses out of three which are needed to be passed: Transport Phenomena, ChE Kinetics, and ChE Thermodynamics. So, when the students can not pass the 2 core courses within two years of their study, then they have to leave the school without degree. I knew some students did good research work but they are forced to leave the school since they could not fulfill this
And last Friday, I found myself headache just by reading the syllabus of qualification examination. Can I make it? That is too much you know. I felt there will be no more space available on my memory to memorize all of these stuffs. I wish I can tell the committee: ‘Profs, please……I am too old to study and memorize courses, would you kindly please revise the regulation? Don’t you think it is better to make us concentrate on research work? How can we publish more if we are busy by courses and qualify exams? ‘ 😀
And here I come with the plan, a weekly study basis. I will take only Kinetics as a core course this semester, concentrate, and prepare it well. And from 2 out of 3, I plan take ChE Kinetics and ChE Thermodynamics on my incoming qualification exam. Curious to know the syllabus? Below are the contents to be covered on qualification exams of ChE Dept., National Taiwan University of Science and Technology :
1. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING KINETICS (terrible course #3)
Suggested reference books:
(U1) Fogler, H. S., “Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering,” 3rd (or 4th) Edition, Prentice Hall, Inc., NJ (1999) or (2006).
- Mole Balances
- Conversion and Reactor Sizing
- Rate Laws and Stoichiometry
- Isothermal Reactor Design
- Collection and Analysis of Rate Data
- Multiple Reactions
- Nonelementary Reaction Kinetics (7.1-7.2 only)
- Steady-State Nonisothermal Reactor Design
- Unsteady-State Nonisothermal Reactor Design
(G1) Fogler, H. S., “Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering,” 3rd (or 4th) Edition, Prentice Hall, Inc., NJ (1999) or (2006).
- Catalysis and Catalytic Reactors
- External Diffusion Effects on Heterogeneous Reactions
- Diffusion and Reaction in Porous Catalysts
- Distributions of Residence Times for Chemical Reactors
2. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS (terrible course #2)
Suggested reference books:
(U1) Smith, J. M.; Van Ness, H. C.; Abbott, M. M., “Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics,” 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York (2001).
- Chap. 2: The First Law and Other Basic Concepts
- Chap. 3: Volumetric Properties of Pure Fluids
- Chap. 5: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
- Chap. 6: Thermodynamic Properties of Fluids
- Chap. 10: Vapor/Liquid Equilibrium: Introduction
- Chap. 11: Solution Thermodynamics: Theory
(U2) Sandler, S. I., “Chemical and Engineering Thermodynamics,” 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY (1999).
- Chap. 1: Introduction
- Chap. 2: Conservation of Mass and Energy
- Chap. 3: Entropy: An Additional Balance Equation
- Chap. 4: The Thermodynamic Properties of Real Substances
- Chap. 5: Equilibrium and Stability in One-Component Systems
- Chap. 6: The Thermodynamics of Multicomponent Mixtures
- Chap. 7: The Estimation of the Gibbs Free Energy and Fugacity of a Component in a Mixture (including Sections 7.1-7.8)
- Chap. 8: Phase Equilibrium in Mixtures (including Sections 8.1 and 8.2)
(G1) Prausnitz, J. M.; Lichtenthaler, R. N.; de Azevedo, E. G., “Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid-Phase Equilibria,” 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, Inc., NJ (1999).
- Chap. 1: The Phase-Equilibrium Problem
- Chap. 2: Classical Thermodynamics of Phase Equilibria
- Chap. 3: Thermodynamic Properties from Volumetric Data
- Chap. 4: Intermolecular Forces, Corresponding States (Sections 4.1 to 4.9)
- Chap. 5: Fugacities in Gas Mixtures
- Chap. 6: Fugacities in Liquid Mixtures: Excess Functions
- Chap. 7: Fugacities in Liquid Mixtures: Models and Theories of Solutions
- (including Appendix B: A Brief Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics)
- Chap. 12: High-Pressure Phase Equilibria
3. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA (the mother of all terrible courses 😀 )
(U1) Geankoplis, C. J., “Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles,” 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, Inc., NJ (2003).
- Chapters 2-7 and Chapter 13.
(G1) Bird, R.B.; Stewart, W. E.; Lightfoot, E. N., “Transport Phenomena,” 2nd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., NY (2002).
(G1) Fluid Mechanics
- Overall Mass, Energy and Momentum Balance
- Vector and Tensor
- Equation of Change
- Stream Function and Vorticity Equation
- Fluid Statics and Surface Tension
- Solution to Simplified N-S Equation
- Low Re Flow
- Ideal Flow
- Boundary Layer Theory
- Non-Newtonian Fluid
(G1) Heat and Mass Transfer
- Chapters 9-12 and 17 – 20.
U = contents to be covered for the Undergraduate study
G = contents to be covered for the Graduate study
So, wish me luck [study, study, and study]. There is no way 😦