401-0675-00L  Statistical and Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersR. Käppeli, P. Müller, A. Ruf, C.‑J. Shih, M. Sokolov
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


401-0675-00 VStatistical and Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers2 hrs
Wed08-10HG E 33.1 »
R. Käppeli, P. Müller, A. Ruf
401-0675-00 UStatistical and Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers26s hrs
Tue08-10HCI H 8.1 »
C.‑J. Shih, M. Sokolov

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AbstractThis course covers common numerical algorithms and statistical methods used by chemical engineers to solve typical problems arising in industrial and research practice.
ObjectiveThis course covers common numerical algorithms and statistical methods used by chemical engineers to solve typical problems arising in industrial and research practice. The focus is on application of these algorithms to real world problems, while the underlying mathematical principles are also explained. The MATLAB environment is adopted to integrate computation, visualization and programming.
ContentTopics covered:

Part I: Numerical Methods:
- Interpolation & Numerical Calculus
- Non-linear Equations
- Ordinary Differential Equations
- Partial Differential Equations
- Linear and Non-linear Least Squares

Part II: Statistical Methods:
- Data analysis and regression methods
- Statistical experimental design
- Multivariate analysis of spectra
Lecture notesFor the numerics part, see http://www.sam.math.ethz.ch/~karoger/numci/2020/

For the statistics part, see http://stat.ethz.ch/lectures/as21/statistical-numerical-methods.php
LiteratureRecommended reading:
1) U. Ascher and C. Greif, A First Course in Numerical Methods, SIAM, Philadelphia, 2011
2) K. J. Beers, Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineering : Applications in MATLAB, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006
3) W. H. Press, S. A. Teukolsky, W. T. Vetterling, B. P. Flannery, Numerical Recipes, Cambridge University Press
4) W. A. Stahel, Statistische Datenanalyse, Vieweg, 4th edition 2002

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering 2006; Version 27.03.2018 (Examination Block Reaction Eng. and Modelling)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering 2018; Version 11.04.2022 (Examination Block III)
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersR. Käppeli, P. Müller, A. Ruf
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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