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Chemical Engineering Prerequisites

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    Hey guys, I will be starting my Chemical Engineering course this September.
    I was just wondering if there is any extra stuff I should consider doing during the
    summer before my course begins. Anything that will better prepare me for the course. Thanks!

    I would say to mainly relax before you start university. The hard work can start in September when you start the course!

    Having said that, it'll be a good idea to keep your mind fresh with some of the topics you've learnt so far mainly in maths and chemistry. Topics I would say are helpful to revise are:
    • Thermodynamics
    • Kinetics
    • Equilibria, Acid-Base and pH
    • Chemistry Calculations (Moles, concentration, Gibbs-free energy etc)
    • Differentiation (Chain rule, product rule and quotient rule)
    • Integration (By parts, by substitution, reverse chain rule and by partial fractions)
    • Vectors
    • Imaginary Numbers, Matrices and Eigenvectors (tho not sure if you've done FM)
    If you're looking for an introduction to the course, I've been reading 'Introduction to Chemical Engineering: Tools for Today and Tomorrow' which provides a nice introduction to some of the topics you'll be learning during the course without being overly technical. Don't let the frustrating use of imperial units put you off (makes me want to rip my hair out) and mainly just focus on understanding the theory.

    also look onlije at your course structure and modules for the first year and if you want try to briefly have a little look about what there about but yeah enjpy the summer while it lasts

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