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Chemical Engineering Undergradute Internet Resource Guide

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Nate Sauers

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING INTERNET RESOURCE RESOUR CE GUIDE GUIDE

2016

For Undergraduate Students

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PREFACE

#at 3s 3n T3s Gu3de This guide features websites and resources available to Penn State chemical engineering students that will help them succeed in their academic careers. This guide provides the location of these websites and their importance to a chemical engineering student. It also includes tips for ease of  use so the websites can be operated at full efficiency.

#o T3s Gu3de 3s For This guide is for Penn State students enrolled in in the chemical engineering program. This guide is mainly for those students in their freshman through senior years of the undergraduate program.

#at T3s Gu3de Assu4es This guide assumes assumes that students students have a Penn State access access account and password. password. The access account is used to access many many of the data bases and research material. material. The guide also assumes a student be familiar with some of the chemi chemical cal engineering language and topics. Some language and topics can be hard to understand while the research is being conducted, so it is wise to learn them beforehand.

 Ho5 T3s Gu3de 3s Organ3ed The organization of this guide is based on the order websites may be used in your academic career. First, general websites to introduce you to chemical engineering and engineeri engineering ng at Penn State; Sta te; second, second, websit websites es that that will will aid in homewo homewor r assign assignmen ments ts in various various classe classes; s; finall finally y,

websites andsuch resources that will be used to conduct research. This website stores data as cookies to enable essential site functionality, as well as marketing, personalization, and"or analytics. You T3s Gu3de  T37s Us3ng may change your settings at any time or accept the default settings. •

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GENERAL WEBSITES This secti This section on featur features es websit websites es that that intro introduc ducee you to chemic chemical al engine engineeri ering ng and chemic chemical  al  engineering enginee ring at Penn State. State. The websites websites can be useful to make connections connections not only at Penn State, but nationally as well. well. They also provide provide news and links to keep you up to to date.

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&enn State Ce439a! Eng3neer3ng De7art4ent Ho4e7age $ebsite% http%&&fense.che.psu.edu& This is the website for for Penn State#s 'hemical "ngineering department. This website contains a lot of important information for students in the chemical engineering program, those interested in the program and alumni. The front page features features news and different different events in the department. In addition to this, there are lins to different different areas of the website. (ne useful lin is the )people* sectio sec tion. n. In this section, section, you can find various various professor professorss in the departm department ent as well well as their  research resea rch interests. interests. There is also a letter from the department department head welcoming welcoming students to the department#s page. There are also also lins to find internships internships and co+op opportunities. There is an entiree section for undergrads entir undergrads and prospective prospective students. This sections sections includes includes many useful  pages, such as one titled )$hat is 'hemical "ngineering* This page provides students a comprehensi compre hensive ve loo at the program. program. There are also pages describing describing various scholarsh scholarships, ips, a recommended academic plan, details about the honors option, and the undergraduate handboo. -ll of these lins provide plenty of valuable information. 

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The bar at the top has many tabs that mae mae for simple simple navigation. navigation. The bar is mobile, so there#s no need to worry about getting lost by scrolling down. There are university lins featured on the website, so if there is a service you need you can access it from this site.

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$ebsite% http%&&www.aiche.org& This is the website for the -merican -merican Institute of 'hemical "ngineers. The -I'h", off offers ers many valuablee resources valuabl resources to chemical engineers. engineers. (n this webpage, webpage, you can find various lins, lins, all containing contai ning helpful informati information. on. There are lins to various events that the -I'h" -I'h" is holding. These events can range from speeches about research to a presentation on using a new software. There is a section with news from industry, which gives headlines about important research and field wor chemical chemical enginee engineers rs are doing. There is also a news section describing describing important important happenings happeni ngs in the -I'h". -I'h". ins with information information about purchasing purchasing various boos, magazin magazines es and /ournals /ournals with relevant informati information on to chemical engineering engineering are also provided. The most important impor tant part of this website website is that this this is how you /oin the -I'h". -I'h". 0embership 0embership is free for  Penn Pen n State State students students,, and I highly highly recommen recommend d /oi /oinin ning. g. The -I'h" -I'h" hosts variou variouss events events on campus and can help you get a /ob or an internship. 

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HOMEWORK WEBSITES This section features features websites that can be used to provi provide de homework assistance. These websites either feature programs programs for use, or data for reference. reference. These websites can save time and reduce  stresss while completing various homework assignments.  stres

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&enn State #eA77s $ebsite% https%&&webapps.psu.edu& This website offers programs free of charge for Penn State students. 0any useful programs can  be found on this website to use, but the programs most useful to chemical engineers are 0athematica, 0athem atica, 0-T 0-T-2 -2 and 0icrosoft (ffice (ffice 3456. 0athematic 0athematicaa is a program that helps chemical engineers solve math problems. 0ost of these problems are either too diff difficult icult to solve on paper, or have many variables that that define the function. 0-T 0-T-2 -2 is a program that chemical engineers use to write code. This code is also used to solve math problems problems with a high degree of  difficulty.. $hile both programs can be used to solve problem difficulty problems, s, they are very different from each other. 2oth have advantages and disadvantages, but can be useful in a variety of situations. 0icrosoft (ffice (ffice 3456 includes the programs such as $ord, $ord, "7cel and PowerPoint. 0icrosoft $ord is a word processor that chemical engineers use to type documents, such as lab reports and  proposals. 0icrosoft "7cel is a program which can mae graphs and do multiple functions 8uicly 8uicl y and easily. easily. -n advantage advantage to 0icrosoft 0icrosoft "7cel is that number number can be changed and all values will be automatically update with with no need to rerun anything. 0icrosoft PowerPoint can  be used to mae presentations for a class, or to view a professor#s presentation after class has concluded. "ach of these programs can be 9544: alone, so the the free offering offering from Penn State is very useful. 

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The program files are saved onto your Penn State destop. This means files files will  be accessible on any Penn State computer. owever, this means files on your   personal computer must be uploaded to $eb-pps. $eb-pps. This is easily done by using the pin toolbo7 button, and clicing the upload option from the dropdown menu. The programs can sometimes crash or une7pectedly log you out, so be sure to save wor often.

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NIST Ce43str: #e+oo; $ebsite% http%&&webboo.nist.gov&chemistry& This website This website provid provides es chemical chemical inform informati ation on from from the <ation <ational al Insti Institut tutee of Standa Standards rds and Te Technology. chnology. This is one of the most valuable resources for for a chemical engineer. There are many usefull lins on this website usefu website.. (ne of them being being the formula bro browser wser.. In this section, section, you can  piece together the formula of your desired compound by b y clicing the lins. $hen you piece the formula together, it taes you to the <IST webpage about that molecule. -n alternative method to getting to this page is to use the the search feature. The search feature is much more useful than the formula formula browser because because there are more search options. options. Searches Searches can be done by formula, formula, chemical chemic al name, structure, structure, or molecular molecular weight. -lthough -lthough there are more search options, these are the most useful useful to chemical engineers. 2ecause of many compounds having similar similar formulas and molecular weights, this tool can be a 8uicer way to get to the information you need. (n the chemical chemic al data page, there there is important important informa information tion for various various classes. classes. There is the the chemical chemical formula, molecular weight, and structure that can be useful for '"0 554, 555, 553 and 556. These are the freshmen freshmen chemistry lecture and lab courses. For '"0 354, 353 and 356, which is organic chemistry lecture and lab, there is other us useful eful information. There is data for I=, mass spectrum, !>&>is !>&>is spectrum, and gas chromatography. This data is used to analyze products in organic orga nic chemistry chemistry,, so comparing comparing your data to the e7pected data can prove useful useful.. The final section important to chemical engineers is the thermophysical properties of fluid systems section. This provides nown physical values of fluids that are used in problems in the thermodynamics classes, class es, ' " 334 and 634. This resource resource will will help you find data necessary to solve solve problems problems given a fluid with no data. 

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RESEARCH WEBSITES This section section features features websites that can be used while conducting conducting resear research ch for reports. reports. These websites have many great sources sources to use for projects and papers. These websites catalog a lot of  information and make it easy to access acc ess this information quickly.

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Cata!og o" U$S$ Go=ern4ent &u!39at3ons $ebsite% http%&&catalog.gpo.gov&   This is a database to find government government documents documents relevant relevant to your research. research. The website website will direct you you to the search page. -t the bottom bottom of the page, you can search search for a topic based on eyword, eywor d, author, title, title, or sub/ect. sub/ect. $hen you search, the results results appear by publication year year,, which is convenient. convenient. For each result result,, there are are two lins. lins. (ne lin lin taes you you directly directly to the document, documen t, while the other lins lins to the bibliographical bibliographical data. This bibliogra bibliographical phical data can be transposed into your report. -ll documents are free of access, so unli unlie e other sources, you do not need to be on campus to access the database. I have provided a document that I found using using the database that has good bibliographical information, as well as relevance to chemical engineering. In this document, with the bibliography provided below, there is a discussion about dispersing oil in fresh water. This publication can prove to be very useful in a report, as oil spills are accidents that occur fre8uently. 

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Sometimes Someti mes the pages open in a document viewer. viewer. This is very incon inconvenient venient,, as you can only view one page at a time. In order to avoid this, there is a dropdown function that says pages per view. 'lic the option that says )-ll via P?F P?F,* ,* this  provides one, continuous document. The P?F can be easily searched for the specific information you want to find. !se the eyboard shortcut '=T:F. '=T:F. This will bring bring up a search bar that you can use to 8uicly scan the document.

2ibliography for government publication% !nited States. !.S. "nvironmental Protection -gency. <ational =is 0anagement =ese =e sear arch ch abor aborat atory ory..  Dispersion of rude !il and Petroleum Products in  "reshwater . 2y 2ria 2rian n -. $renn. enn. 'inc 'incin innat nati% i% 344 [email protected] @. atalog of #.S. $overnment   Publications . This website stores data such as cookies to enable essential site functionality, as well as marketing, personalization, and analytics. You may change your settings at any time or accept the default settings. Privacy Policy Marketing Personalization Analytics Save

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E ng3neer3ng  Te9no!og: Ce439a! Eng3neer3ng Te9no!og: $ebsite% http%&&onlinelibrary.wiley.com&/ournal&54.5443&AISS<B5C35+D53C This is a /ournal, published monthly, discussing new information in the chemical engineering field.. The homepage field homepage features features a plethora plethora of material. material. In the left+hand left+hand column, column, you can select select a recent publication. This section features features the current issue, as wel welll as the four four previous issues. In the right+hand column, there is a list of recent special issues that features edits, updates and other  content that wasn#t originally featured in the the /ournal. !nder these sections is a section detailing the most recent published articles. In order to find information 8uicly and easily easily,, a search bar  located locat ed in the upper right+hand right+hand corner corner,, is provided. $ith $ith this search bar you can find articles articles most prevalent to you by using eywords. This /ournal is free tto o access by Penn State students while on campus. 

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$hile searching, mae sure that you are search in the /ournal as opposed to searching for another publication publication or on the web. This is indicated when the drop  bo7 says )In this /ournal.* $hen $h en citi citing ng th this is /o /our urna nall as a so sour urce ce,, most most prof profes esso sors rs pref prefer er the the newe newest st information. It is a good idea idea to refine your search to the the most recent documents, and try to find the newest that are most relevant to you.

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S93F3nder $ebsite% https%&&scifinder.cas.org& SciFinder Scholar is an online database containing /ournals, patents, and various other resources useful to chemical engineers in in conducting research. There is an e7cellent search search feature that can help you find e7actly what you are looing for. Eou can search for a substance by its# structure, molecular formula, name or a few other properties. $hen you find a structure, you can clic the )et =eferences* button. This taes you to a pop+up window where you can limit your your results to thingss such as uses, or reactant. This feature thing feature is useful for '"0 356, organic organic chemistry chemistry lab. $hen you mae your product, product, you can fin find d why it is useful to now how to ma maee it. (nce you select the results you are looing for, a list of /ournal article, patents, etc. appear appear.. Eou can then change what you#re looing for, or further refine your search by things such as author or   publication year. This service is free to Penn State students, however, you must create an account for SciFinder that doesn#t use your Penn State user I? or access account password. p assword. 

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2ecause of molecules having similar formulas or structures, ensure you have selected the correct molecule. molecule. 2e sure it correctly matches the literature you have on it, or compare spectral data data to mae sure you have the right one. Selecting the wrong one could negatively impact your report. 2ecause of the numerous articles on this website, refine your search as much as  possible to ensure you are getting what you e7pect. <othing is more frustrating or  time consuming as when you thin you found the article you#re looing for, and it#s it#s printed printed in another language language or has been disproven. "nsure "nsure you have recent articles in a language you and your professor understand.

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