ChBE 2120, Fall 2010
Due: Friday, December 3, 2010 at 5 PM
Numerical methods to utilize in this project:
Curve fitting and parameter estimation
This project will be performed in teams, assigned at the end of this project statement.
You will turn in a single electronic document with all report results, clearly identifying
the team members on the cover page.
The report will be
due Friday, December 3, at 5
You will also turn in all HYSYS flowsheets and any Matlab code used in your
All of these documents should be submitted via T-Square by the person in your
group denoted by an asterisk in the group list at the end of this document.
group is allowed to change the person who will submit all files; if you do so, that person
should notify Prof. Styczynski in writing (email is fine) by Wednesday, November 24, at
15% of the project grade will be assigned for clarity of presentation in your team’s report.
“Clarity” covers all aspects of the report presentation, including grammar, spelling, use of
tables and figures, and
logical, thorough presentation of information
Any data or other information that was not generated by a team member must be
supported by a reference that includes enough detail for the reader to find the information
You should make good choices about using sources that give reliable
(Note: please use scholarly literature or reference sources; Wikipedia is not
an ideal source.)
Your team should submit a
one page progress report
to T-Square by
November 24, at 5 PM
This progress report should briefly describe what sections of
the project you have completed and what your team’s plans are for completing the
remaining portions of the project.
5% of the project grade will be assigned for
completing this interim report.
To receive the full 5%, you only need to turn in the report
As noted on the course syllabus, this project accounts for 10% of your final grade.
All people on a team will receive the same grade for the project, with one exception: if
the “contribution statement” at the end of the paper indicates that a member did not
participate at all, and the other members unanimously agree to this, then that student will
not receive full credit for the project.
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