If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may be wondering why my blog jumps back and forth from topics for students and new engineers to more advanced topics. The simple answer is that I hope my audience consists of both entry level and senior engineers. However, there are other reasons.
Presenting Mathcad capabilities
As I have stated earlier, it appears that Mathcad, although top rated among commercial mathematics programs, is not being used in ChE departments as frequently as its capabilities would warrant. I can think of a couple of reasons that might be responsible.
First, the faculty may not be aware of the ability of Mathcad to solve very complex problems, with relative ease. Therefore, I am presenting industrial and theoretical examples. I am also showing how it links with Prode Physical Properties which should be of great interest to chemical engineers. This is a new development that needs to be considered when selecting a mathematics program.
Second, there may be a misconception regarding the learning curve for Mathcad, and thus it is not "chosen" for the modeling software. Therefore, I am showing some entry level examples that will hopefully dispel that belief.
I must repeat: I don't have a commercial relationship with PTC (Mathcad) or Prode.
I love to mentor, so one purpose of this blog is to mentor young engineers or soon-to-be-engineers. This would explain the career guidance blogs and some of the entry level computation blogs. In my mind, the advanced topics are also useful for mentoring.
One aspect of mentoring is to help provide a framework to the career, i.e. to outline a progression to independent work and beyond. Another aspect of mentoring is to challenge the intermediate level engineer to more advanced work. Thus, the advanced examples are intended for mentoring the less experienced engineers as well as for sharing with experienced engineers.
The wide variety of topics also is for my own benefit. With the open topic format, writing the blog is more free flowing and not a chore. Including the advanced topics allows me to explore new areas, such as the orthogonal collocation method and the method for obtaining kinetic parameters without chemical analysis. All of this keeps the brain active, and who knows, may lead to some actual work for pay.