CHME 392. Numerical Methods in Engineering

1. Course number and name

CHME 392. Numerical Methods

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

 Dr. Thomas Manz 

4. Text book, title, author, and year

Al-Malah, Kamal I. M.., Matlab Numerical Methods with Chemical Engineering Applications, McGraw-Hill, 2014, ISBN# 978-0-07-183128-4.

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  Study and application of numerical methods in solving problems commonly encountered in engineering. The numerical methods are motivated by engineering problems rather than by mathematics. However, sufficient mathematical theory will be provided so that students can appreciate the insight into the techniques and their shortcomings of different methods. MATLAB will be used as the working environment for implementing and performing the numerical methods in computers. This course is an engineering elective open to all engineering majors.

b. prerequisites: MATH 392 co-requisites: none

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): required

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will…

  • develop a working knowledge of numerical methods and basic programming skills;
  • solve linear and nonlinear systems of matrix equations;
  • prepare data plots using Matlab;
  • numerically solve ordinary and partial differential equations;
  • numerically optimize functions to find zeros, minima, and maxima;
  • solve basic problems in statistics and data fitting; and
  • prepare Matlab programs using user-defined functions and scripting files.

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • linear and nonlinear equations
  • programming
  • numerical methods for solving
    • ordinary differential equations
    • partial differential equations
    • functions for zeros, minima, and maxima
    • basic statistics problems
    • data fitting problems
  • Matlab
    • script files
    • user-defined functions

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: