More information about the second edition

The book now has a website with lots of information (– some things that go beyond the book and give additional theory:

shortcut distillation,

links for energy problems in Aspen,

theory and simplifications for laminar diffusion fluid interfaces,

parameter estimation using Excel and MATLAB,

why there is a mesh size limitation if the velocity is high,

information on numerical methods, Gear, RKF45, MacCormack with flux correction.

In addition, the preface, Chapter 1 (general info), and table of contents are there. There is a section of Problem Objectives which helps instructors choose problems that illustrate specific points.

An index is provided to undergraduate research projects that have been done under my direction – over 100 of them during the 2002-2009 time period. You can look at them by subject, or by a timeline. The timeline is interesting because it shows how computing has advanced during that period (not that I expect you to read them all!). I’ve constantly found that students are creative if given the tools, and sometimes they will do things that I wouldn’t do, but they succeed. Thus, they taught me a lot during this time.

See it all at

Comsol wrote a very nice blog about my the new edition – see it at:

Mathworks, the maker of MATLAB, has a site, too, about it:

What would you like to see on the website? Let me know.

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Bruce A. Finlayson, retired Rehnberg Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
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