This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class was an introduction for Matlab. It was help, but very challenging. I would recommend having already taken Math 319 or 320 so that you are familiar with linear algebra and matrices. This is a required class for CBE majors, and I would not recommend taking it if you do not intend to be a Chemical Engineer. This class is designed to help students use Matlab with specific uses that apply to Chemical Engineering.
Course highlights:
I definitely gained basic knowledge of Matlab that will be applicable in my future classes. However, I know that if I don't continue to use it I will forget about. It allows shortcuts for harder mathematical equations, but can be time consuming and frustrating if you do not get the code right the first time. Examples of equations with short cuts include but are not limited to PVnRT, atomic mass, and series of chemical reactions. This class opened my eyes to the world of computational analysis, alleviated the stress of having to solve everything by hand and forced my brain to look at problems in a different way.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
I would make sure to reach out to both the professor and the teaching assistants. They are there to help you. Also in regards to studying, the tests are handwritten so practice writing out all of your code and then check with your computer after. By having the tests handwritten, it forces you to really make sure you understand the material because you cannot troubleshoot with computer errors. With homework, I would also recommend trying everything on your own first before going to your peers for help. It can be easy to get help without actually understanding what's going on. When it gets down to deadlines, students start to become concerned with getting the necessary results rather than putting in the thought and understanding to get there. So challenge yourself first, and then ask for help, but don't wait until the last minute to reach out. Time management is huge and necessary for your success in this class.