EGR 235 Syllabus

Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                      February 2014                                      

Curricula in Which the Course is Taught:    Science, Engineering, Liberal Arts

Course Number and Title:  EGR 235 Material and Energy Balances

Credit Hours:  3                   Hours/Wk Lecture: 3          Hours/Wk Lab: 0                   Lec/Lab Comb: 3

I.       Catalog Description: 

Covers fundamental chemical engineering topics including engineering problem solving, stoichiometric and composition relationships, material balances, energy balances, chemical operations and processes, reactive and non-reactive systems (batch, continuous, single-phase and multi-phase). Introduces thermodynamics and physical chemistry.


II.    Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which course is taught:  This is a transfer level engineering course that covers the fundamental principles of chemical processes and introduces students to the profession of chemical engineering.


III. Required Background: MTH 273 (Calculus I), CHM 111(College Chemistry I) and EGR 120 (Introduction to Engineering) or equivalents


IV. Course Content:

1.    Introduction to chemical engineering

a.    Introduction to engineering calculations

b.    Processes and process variables

2.    Material balances

a.    General balance equations; flowcharts; material balance calculation strategies; systems involving multiple units; recycle and by-pass; reactive systems.

b.    Properties of single-phase and multiphase systems; equations of state; phase equilibrium; phase diagrams.

3.    Energy balances

a.    The first law of thermodynamics; kinetic and potential energy; energy balances on closed and open systems; energy balance calculation strategies.

b.    Energy balances for nonreactive and reactive systems.

V.    Learner Outcomes:

VI.   Evaluation:

      Students will be able to

Students will be evaluated based upon their performance in the classroom discussions, homework, tests, quizzes and other assignments as deemed necessary by the faculty.



A.   Apply mathematics and chemistry knowledge to real engineering calculations and problem solving;


B.   Understand, formulate and solve material balance and energy balance problems;


C.   Gain understanding of real Chemical Engineering industry and operations;


D.   Apply engineering design, analysis and problem solving skills;


E.   Prepare for subsequent Chemical Engineering study and future careers.


 VII.        This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning