Interactive Self-Study Module: Material Balances on Transient Processes


This module uses a screencast and an interactive simulation to explain the differential equations that result from material balances on transient processes. Your retention of material in this module will increase if you write down reasons for your answers to ConcepTests and questions to answer before using the interactive simulation, and you try to solve the example problems before watching the screencast solutions. We suggest using the learning resources in the following order:

  1. Attempt to answer the multiple choice ConcepTest and solve the example problem before watching the screencasts or working with the simulations.
  2. Watch the screencast that describes transient material balances.
  3. Review important equations for material balances on transient processes.
  4. Use the interactive simulation to further understand the behavior of transient processes.
  5. Try to solve the example problems before watching the solutions in the screencasts.
  6. Answer the ConcepTests.
  7. Look at the list of key points, but only after you try to list the key points yourself.
  • This module is intended for a material and energy balances course.
Before studying this module, you need to know how to:
After studying this module, you should be able to:
  • Determine material balances on a system that is not at steady state.
  • Write material balances for individual species in a transient system with reaction.