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Kinetics and Reaction Engineering

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Syllabi, schedules, course notes


Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering The Engineering of Chemical Reactions Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals


  • University of Colorado Boulder: More than 300 screencast videos for kinetics and reactor design, including example problems, introduction to topics, software tutorials, and exam review problems.
    Screencast 1 Screencast 2 Screencast 3

Interactive Simulations

  • Living example problems (University of Michigan): More than 62 interactive problems prepared using Polymath, MATLAB, and Mathematica (CDF files).
  • Reactor Lab (University of California, San Diego) 15 Web Labs and a Windows desktop app with 30 labs
  • Interactive simulations (University of Colorado Boulder): More than 40 Mathematica-based interactive simulations that can be run with a free CDF player plug-in. Their main objective is to demonstrate concepts in kinetics and reaction engineering. Most of the simulations have accompanying screencasts that demonstrate how to use the simulation.
    IntSim1 IntSim2 IntSim3

Interactive Self-Study Modules

  • Self-Study Modules (University of Colorado Boulder): 7 self-study modules that include screencasts (with questions), ConcepTests, introductory screencasts, interactive simulations, list of equations and important points, example problem screencasts, and a summary.


Multiple-choice conceptual questions for use in class with student response systems (clickers)

Concept Test 1Concept Test 2Concept Test 3


  • Polymath (CACHE): Solves ODEs, linear equations, and nonlinear equations. Screencasts demonstrating Polymath use.
  • CHEMKIN models and simulates gas-phase and surface chemistry
  • MESMER: Open-source program that solves chemical master equation for reaction in order to predict rate constants.

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