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11.06 - Redlich-Kister and the Two-parameter Margules Models Click here. 56.6667 6

Two-parameter Margules Equation (5:05) (

An overview of the two parameter Margules equation and how it is fitted to a single experiment.

01.2 Molecular Nature of Temperature, Pressure, and Energy Click here. 56.25 16

Molecular Nature of Internal Energy: Configurational Energy. (, 19min) Making the connection between "u" and "U" requires the concept configuring the molecules such that their potentials overlap. Then it is a simple matter (conceptually) to count the number of overlaps that occur and multiply by the energy of the overlap to get the "configurational energy." Adding the configurational energy to the translational (and vibrational) energy (Uig, discussed above), gives the total "U."

Comprehension Questions:

For 1-4, assume 100 molecules are held in a cylinder with solid walls. A piston in the cylinder can move to adjust the density.
1. Suppose the range of the potential (λ) was increased. Would the configurational energy increase, decrease, or stay the same?
2. Suppose the density was decreased. Would the configurational energy increase, decrease, or stay the same?
3. Suppose the temperature was increased at constant density. Would the configurational energy increase, decrease, or stay the same?
4. Suppose the temperature was increased at constant density. Would the configurational energy characterized by (U-Uig)/RT  increase, decrease, or stay the same?
5. Molecules A and B can be represented by the square-well potential. For molecule A, σ = 0.2 nm and ε = 30e-22 J. For molecule B, σ = 0.35 nm and ε = 20e-22 J.  Sketch the potential models for the two molecules on the same pair of axes clearly indicating σ's and ε's of each species. Start your x-axis at zero and scale your drawing properly.  Make molecule A a solid line and B a dashed line. Which molecule would you expect to have the higher boiling temperature? (Hint: check out Figure 1.2.)
6. Sketch the potential and the force between two molecules vs. dimensionless distance, r/σ, according to the Lennard-Jones potential. Considering the value of r/σ when the force is equal to zero, is it greater, equal, or less than unity?

10.04 - Multicomponent VLE & Raoult's Law Calculations Click here. 55 4

This example shows how to use VLookup with the xls Solver to facilitate  multicomponent  VLE calculations for ideal solutions: bubble, dew, and isothermal flash. (15min, The product xls file serves as a starting point for multicomponent VLE calculations with activity models and for adiabatic flash and stream enthalpy calculations. This video shows sample calculations for the bubble, dew, and flash of propane, isobutane, and n-butane, like Example 10.1.

Note: This is a companion file in a series. You may wish to choose your own order for viewing them. For example, you should implement the first three videos before implementing this one. Also, you might like to see how to quickly visualize the Txy analog of the Pxy phase diagram. If you see a phase diagram like the ones in section 11.8, you might want to learn about LLE phase diagrams. The links on the software tutorial present a summary of the techniques to be implemented throughout Unit3 in a quick access format that is more compact than what is presented elsewhere. Some students may find it helpful to refer to this compact list when they find themselves "not being able to find the forest because of all the trees."

Comprehension Questions - Assume the reboiler composition for the column in Example 10.1 was zi={0.2,0.3,0.5} for n-butane, isopentane, and n-pentane, respectively.

a)  Calculate the temperature at which the boiler must operate in order to boil the bottoms product completely at 8 bars.
b)  Assuming the bottoms product liquid is in equilibrium with the liquid in the boiler, calculate the temperature of boiler and composition of the vapor in the boiler.
c)  Suppose this stream is to be boiled again and the vapor returned to the column with a ratio of 2 parts vapor to 1 product. (FYI: this is known as "boilup ratio.") Find the relevant temperature and compositions.

07.06 Solving The Cubic EOS for Z Click here. 53.3333 3

4. Selecting Stable Roots (1:11) (

Selecting stable roots is often one of the confusing aspects in working with cubic equations of state. This screencasts gives a visual picture of how the roots and stability are related to the vapor pressure and EOS humps at subcritical temperatures.

11.02 - Calculations with Activity Coefficients Click here. 53.3333 3

Bubble Pressure (5:25) (

The culmination of the activity coefficient method is application of the fitted activity coefficients to extrapolate from limited experiments in a Stage III calculation. As the easiest routine to apply, the bubble pressure method should be studied first. The recommended order of study is 1) Bubble Pressure; 2) Bubble Temperature; 3) Dew Pressure; 4) Dew Temperature. Note that an entire Pxy diagram can be generated with bubble pressure calculations; no dew calculations are required.

04.02 The Microscopic View of Entropy Click here. 53.3333 3

Connecting Microstates, Macrostates, and the Relation of Entropy to Disorder (, 14min). For small systems, we can count the number of ways of arranging molecules in boxes to understand how the entropy changes with increasing number of molecules. By studying the patterns, we can infer a general mathematical formula that avoids having to enumerate all the possible arrangements of 10^23 molecules (which would be impossible within several lifetimes). A surprising conclusion of this analysis is that entropy is maximized when the molecules are most evenly distributed between the boxes (meaning that their pressures are equal). Is it really so "disordered" to say that all the molecules are neatly arranged into equal numbers in each box? Maybe not in a literary world, but it is the only logical conclusion of a proper definition of "entropy." It is not necessary to watch the videos on probability before watching this one, but it may help. And it might help to re-watch the probability videos after watching this one. Moreover, you might like to see how the numbers relate to the equations through sample calculations (uakron, 15min). These sample calculations show how to compute the number of microstates and probabilities given particles in Box A, B, etc and also the change in entropy.

Comprehension Questions:

1. What is the number of total possible microstates for: (a) 2 particles in 2 boxes (b) 5 particles in 2 boxes (c) 10 particles in 3 boxes.

2. What is the probability of observing: (a) 2 particles in Box A and 3 particles in Box B? (b) 6 particles in Box A and 4 particles in Box B? (c) 6 particles in Box A and 4 particles in Box B and 5 particles in Box C?

04.02 The Microscopic View of Entropy Click here. 53.3333 3

Relating the microscopic perspective on entropy to macroscopic changes in volume (, 11min) Through the introduction of Stirling's approximation, we arrive at a remarkably simple conclusion for changes in entropy relative to the configurations of ideal gas molecules at constant temperature: ΔS = Rln(V2/V1). This makes it easy to compute changes in entropy for ideal gases, even for subtle changes like mixing.

Comprehension Questions:

1. Estimate ln(255!).

2. A system goes from 6 particles in Box A and 4 particles in Box B to 5 particles in each. Estimate the change in S(J/K).

3. A system goes from 6 moles in Box A and 4 moles in Box B to 5 moles in each. Estimate the change in S(J/mol-K).

02.03 Work Associated with Flow Click here. 52 5

Energy and Enthalpy Misunderstandings ( (3:20) Three examples related to enthalpy and work changes that are often confusing...
Comprehension Questions:
1. During one stroke of a steam engine, the pressure inside the (~frictionless) cylinder is maintained at 3MPa from a supply line at 500 C while the pressure created by the force on the cam shaft and atmosphere combined is 2.5 MPa.  The volume swept by the cylinder during one stroke is 10 L.  Compute the work achieved by this process (kJ).  
2. Was there any "lost work" in the above process? If so, compute its magnitude (kJ) and explain where those kJ are now.
3. Consider N2 in a closed cylinder with a piston initially at 1 bar and 300K. The system is heated to 400K such that the piston moves to maintain constant pressure. Is it true that Q = Cp dT for this system or should it be Cv dT or something else? Explain using a detailed analysis of the energy balance.

04.02 The Microscopic View of Entropy Click here. 50 2

Molecular Nature of S: Thermal Entropy (, 20min) We can explain configurational entropy by studying particles in boxes, but only at constant temperature. How does the entropy change if we change the temperature? Why should it change if we change the temperature? The key is to recognize that energy is quantized, as best exemplified in the Einstein Solid model. We learned in Chapter 1 that energy increases when temperature increases. If we have a constant number of particles confined to lattice locations, then the only way for the energy to increase is if some of the molecules are in higher energy states. These "higher energy states" correspond to faster (higher frequency) vibrations that stretch the bonds (Hookean springs) to larger amplitudes. We can count the number of molecules in each energy state similar to the way we counted the number of molecules in boxes. Then we supplement the formula for configurational entropy changes to arrive at the following simple relation for all changes in entropy for ideal gases: ΔS = Cv ln(T2/T1) + R ln(V2/V1). Note that we have related the entropy to changes in state variables. This observation has two significant implications: (1) entropy must also be a state function (2) we can characterize the entropy by specifying any two variables. For example, substituting V = RT/P into the above equation leads to: ΔS = Cp ln(T2/T1) - R ln(P2/P1).

Comprehension Questions:
1. Show the steps required to derive ΔS = Cp ln(T2/T1) - R ln(P2/P1) from ΔS = Cv ln(T2/T1) + R ln(V2/V1).
2. We derived a memorable equation for adiabatic, reversible, ideal gases in Chapter 2. Hopefully, you have memorized it by now! Apply this formula to compute the change in entropy for adiabatic, reversible, ideal gases as they go through any change in temperature and pressure.
3. Make a table enumerating all the possibilities for 3 oscillators with 4 units of energy. 
4. Compute the change in entropy (J/k) for 100 oscillators going from 3 units of energy to 50 units of energy.
5. Compute the change in entropy (J/K) for 100 particles going from 3 boxes to 50 boxes. (This is a review of configurational entropy.)

16.03 - Residue Curves Click here. 50 2

Residue Curve Modeling using Matlab/chap16/residue.m (8:00) (

Residue curves are powerful guides for distillation column design. Residue curves can be generated using bubble temperature calculations as described in the textbook. This screencast describes the strategy to generate a residue map by generating a series of curves and then inferring the location of the separatrices (distillation boundaries).