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Grading

This is a 3 credit course, letter grade only.

The assessment of your understanding of the transport processes and your ability to apply them to various practical situations will be based on class quizzes, homework, three exams and a small optional project.  The exams will consist of short questions and numerical problems.  All exams are closed book.  A formula sheet is provided in all exams. Copy of this formula sheet is provided with the course notes.

Quiz and participation (7%)

Tentatively, quiz will count for 2% and problem solving 5%. There are also think-pair-share questions in class every lecture–I may choose to include this in grading, as needed.  Prior notification is required for absence in lectures — this includes interviews and religious occasions.  Please send an email to the TA before the event.  I expect everyone to be in class on time. Attendance may be taken on random days.

Homework (20%)

The purpose of homework is to provide you with an opportunity to have more practice in what we do in lecture.  Homework will mostly consist of numerical problems where you can apply the material.   Homework assignments will be handed out on Wednesdays. They are due Fridays (of the following week) before class.  Graded homework will be returned the following Wednesdays.  Solutions will be posted on the website.  Late homework will not be accepted.   The lowest score in homework will be dropped for final grade calculations.  Any request for re-grading must be made within a week of receiving the graded homework.  Leave a note explaining everything, with a copy of homework/exam, in the head TA’s mailbox.  The same rule applies for the exams.

First prelim (20%)

This prelim will assess your understanding of the basic law of conduction heat transfer, the general equation for energy conservation, the related boundary conditions, and your ability to apply these to simple 1D situations.  This prelim will cover all completed chapters until the lecture preceding it.

Second prelim (20%)

This prelim will assess your understanding of how you can apply the appropriate formulas to calculate the rates of convective heat transfer from surfaces, conduction heat transfer during freezing and radiative heat transfer.  In mass transfer, it will assess your understanding of equilibrium at an interface, simple kinetics of reactions, basic laws of mass transfer processes, the general equation for mass conservation and related boundary conditions.  It will cover the rest of the chapters in heat transfer beyond prelim 1 and the completed chapters in mass transfer until the last lecture.

Final exam (33%)

The final exam will be cumulative but not all chapters will be included and it will weigh more the portions covered until the last exam (details will be shared in class). It will assess your ability to apply the general equations for heat and mass conservation to simple 1D steady and unsteady state situations, the formulas to calculate the rates of convective heat and mass transfer from surfaces, and mass transfer in flowing systems.

 

Bonus (3%) Optional Project

You choose your own project. I expect you to choose a topic that you will enjoy working on.  Grades are based on the amount of effort put into the project and the quality of the final outcome (see detailed instructions on the last page of syllabus).  Bonus points are added to individuals in a way that does not penalize those not doing the optional project. Example of a project from the past will be put on the website. The TAs and the instructor are available to help to a very limited extent due to the large class size.

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