Ch 8: Basics of Chemical Engineering

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Pass a class, earning a college credit or enhance your personal knowledge of the basics of chemical engineering using this chapter. Lessons examine saturation vapor pressure, rectification, volatile organic compounds and more.

Basics of Chemical Engineering - Chapter Summary

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  • Discuss organic compounds in chemistry
  • Share your knowledge of volatile and nonvolatile solutes
  • Define and describe rectification
  • Explain the meaning of and understand the equation for saturation vapor pressure

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: Basics of Chemical Engineering
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Volatile Organic Compounds in Chemistry

1. Volatile Organic Compounds in Chemistry

Volatile Organic Compounds are compounds which have low boiling points and high pressure thresholds that allow them to evaporate quickly into the environment. Combining VOCs with particulate pollution and greenhouse gases (GHGs) significantly lowers air quality.

Volatile & Nonvolatile Solutes

2. Volatile & Nonvolatile Solutes

In this lesson, we'll cover the key differences between volatile and non-volatile substances while learning about vapor pressure and Raoult's law along the way.

What is Rectification?

3. What is Rectification?

Rectification is the process of converting bidirectional current flow to unidirectional current flow. The process is of vital importance in many areas of circuit design, including radio communication and AC to DC power conversion.

Interstitial Solid Solution: Definition, Rules & Examples

4. Interstitial Solid Solution: Definition, Rules & Examples

This lesson will define interstitial solid solutions, give several examples, and explain the rules used to predict if two elements will form an interstitial solid solution.

Hume-Rothery Rules: Definition & Examples

5. Hume-Rothery Rules: Definition & Examples

This lesson introduces the concept of solid solutions, discusses the Hume-Rothery Rules, and explains how these rules can be used to predict if two elements will form a solid solution.

Substitutional Solid Solution: Definition, Rules & Examples

6. Substitutional Solid Solution: Definition, Rules & Examples

This lesson defines substitutional solid solutions, discusses how the Hume-Rothery Rules can be used to predict if two elements will form a substitutional solid solution, and provides some interesting examples of such substances.

Desalination: Definition & Process

7. Desalination: Definition & Process

Desalination is a water treatment process that turns salt water into fresh water. Learn why this could be useful, and examine the two broad processes involved in desalination systems.

What is Water Hardness? - Definition & Measurement

8. What is Water Hardness? - Definition & Measurement

In this lesson, you will understand what makes water hard and why it is a concern. You'll also learn the units used for measuring hardness and the different measuring processes you can use at home.

What is Butanone? - Formula & Uses

9. What is Butanone? - Formula & Uses

What do gunpowder and wound sealants have in common? They are both produced thanks to a chemical compound called butanone. Find out more about this compound's formula, properties, and uses in this lesson.

What is Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)?

10. What is Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)?

This lesson is going to define PVC. You'll learn what kind of plastic it is, what it's derived from, how it's made, its structure, as well as its uses in engineering and construction.

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