CHME 102. Material Balances

1. Course number and name

CHME 102. Material Balances 

2. Credits and contact hours

2 credit hours = 30 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

 Dr. Martha Mitchell, P. E.

4. Text book, title, author, and year
ISBN: 978-1-5418-5347-8

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  Chemical Engineering basic problem-solving skills; unit conversions; elementary stoichiometry; material balances; sources of data. 

b. prerequisites: MATH 190G, CHME 101 co-requisites: CHEM 111/115

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

6. Specific goals for the course

a. At the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Use unit conversions when solving problems;
  • Turn a verbal or written problem statement into a diagram and a mathematical form;
  • Write and solve material balances on single and multi-unit processes, for both nonreactive and reactive processes;
  • Identify what phase a substance is in and then be able to use the correct equations to relate volume to mass and moles;
  • Use Raoult’s and Henry’s law when solving mass balances.

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

  1. Material Balances for non-reacting systems
  2. Material Balances for Reacting systems
  3. Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  4. Multiphase Systems

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: