BCHE 3520 - Mass Transport and Rate Phenomena

Fall Semester 2021




Course Instructor

Dr. Mark A. Eiteman
021 Riverbend South
eiteman [at] engr.uga.edu

Teaching Assistant

The teaching assistant for this course is Sarada Sripada. Please feel free to email her with your questions.

Sarada will hold Zhelp sessions (i.e., "Zoom help"). That is, students may voluntarily log into a supplied Zoom Meeting ID, and seek guidance from Sarada. These Zhelp sessions will be:

This schedule will likely change beginning September 13.

Instructor Office Hours

1) You may attend Zhelp sessions with the instructor. That is, students may voluntarily log into a supplied Zoom Meeting ID, and seek guidance from me. These Zhelp sessions will begin on Sunday, August 22 and follow the pattern:

These times are subject to moification due to personal conflicts, etc. I will inform you of changes prior to the scheduled session.

2) You may email me. This actually works well, just provide me with sufficient detail to allow me to understand your question (e.g., scan your attempts at a homework solution).

UGA Bulletin Course Description

Mass transport and rate phenomena in the analysis of engineering problems in biological systems.

Offered Credits Level Weekly Instruction Pattern
Fall Semester 3 undergraduate 3 one hour lectures

Meeting Time

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:20 - 11:10 a.m.
Room 1453 Driftmier

Calendar (Fall 2021)

Wednesday, Aug 18First Day of Classes
Monday, Sep 6No Class - Labor Day Holiday
Friday, Oct 29No Class - Fall Break
Nov 24 - Nov 26No Class - Thanksgiving Holiday (a)
Tuesday, Dec 7Last Day of Classes (b)
Friday, Dec 10, 8:00 - 11:00Final Exam
Final Exam Conflicts Procedure for Exam Conflicts

(a) We WILL have class on Monday, November 22.
(b) Tuesday, Dec 7 operates on a Friday schedule.


ENGR 3160 - Fluid Dynamics (or co-requisite)
MATH 2700 - Differential Equations
ENGR 1140 - Computational Engineering Methods (or mastery of a computer programming language)

Prerequisites by Topic

Differential Equations
Computer Programming
Stoichiometry and Fundamental Chemical Terms and Units
Chemical Equilibrium

Required Text

"Course Packet", 190 pp., by Dr. Mark A. Eiteman (Available at University Bookstore)

Grading Policy:

Test #1 (Mult. Choice)15%
Test #2 (Mult. Choice)20%
Test #3 (Worked Problems)14%
Test #4 (Worked Problems)14%
Final Exam (Mult. Choice)25%

For information on tests, please see the BCHE 3520 test web page.
For information on homework, please see the BCHE 3520 homework web page.


Review of Biological and Chemical Calculations
Gas-Liquid Equilibrium
Terms in Biological and Chemical Kinetics
Zeroth, First and Second Order Irreversible Reactions
First and Second Order Reversible Reactions
Multiple Reaction Kinetics
Introduction of Macroscopic Material Balances
Steady-State Systems
Unsteady-State Systems
Reactive Systems
Definitions of Velocities and Fluxes
Fick's Law
Differential Material Balances
Interphase Mass Transfer

The course topics is a general plan for the course; small deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be deemed appropriate.

Student Outcomes

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


You must turn in paper solutions to homework (not scanned, digital) by the beginning of class on the assigned due date. I will not accept late homework. Please indicate the source for all information used in the solution of your homework problems. You are encouraged to discuss problems with other students, however, duplicating another student's work will be considered plagiarism, and this practice is unacceptable (see Academic Honesty below). If you receive considerable aid on a particular problem you are to indicate so on your homework. Neatness and clarity will be important factors in assigning homework grades. There will be no unannounced quizzes. For current information on homework, please see the BCHE 3520 homework web page.

Tests and Exam

Tests will be announced at least one week before the date. You may bring pencils, paper, erasers, and calculators to tests and final exam.  You will be supplied with any equations or other information needed.  There will be absolutely no sharing of calculators nor talking during test periods.  Testing dates will not be altered, and "make-up" tests will only be given under extreme circumstances. There will be no unannounced tests or quizzes. For current information on tests, please see the BCHE 3520 test web page.

Academic Honesty

All academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty." Students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The document for academic dishonesty may be found at the web site for The University of Georgia Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost: Academic Honesty

Engineering Professionalism

The engineering profession is governed by a code of ethics that has developed alongside the rigors of the practice and its many contributions to society. Engineering students at the University of Georgia are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and professional practice. Engineering faculty at the University of Georgia expect students to act in a professional manner at all times.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you are encouraged to contact Student Care and Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs at 706-542-7774 or visit sco.uga.edu. They will help you navigate any difficult circumstances you may be facing by connecting you with the appropriate resources or services. UGA has several resources for a student seeking mental health services (www.uhs.uga.edu/bewelluga/bewelluga) or crisis support (www.uhs.uga.edu/info/emergencies). If you need help managing stress anxiety, relationships, etc., please visit BeWellUGA (www.uhs.uga.edu/bewelluga/bewelluga) for a list of FREE workshops, classes, mentoring, and health coaching led by licensed clinicians and health educators in the University Health Center. Additional resources can be accessed through the UGA App.


As of the beginning of the semester, The University of Georgia does not require faculty, students and visitors to wear a face mask while inside campus facilities. However, students are strongly encouraged to continue wearing face coverings and distancing from others when possible.

Students are strongly encouraged to obtain a vaccination for COVID-19. You may schedule an appointment for a vaccination through the UGA Vaccine Portal.

Students who learn they have been directly exposed to COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms should self-quarantine consistent with Department of Public Health (DPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Please correspond with your instructor via email at eiteman@engr.uga.edu, with a copy to Student Care & Outreach, to coordinate continuing your coursework while self-quarantined. If you develop symptoms, you should contact the University Health Center to make an appointment to be tested. You should continue to monitor your symptoms daily on DawgCheck.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 at any time are required to report the positive test through DawgCheck. Students who are eligible for COVID-19 related ADA accommodations (e.g., individuals with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk from COVID-19) should refer to the Disability Resource Center.

Students who need other COVID-19 related accommodations (e.g., they live with at-risk individuals) should refer to Student Care and Outreach.

Students must recognize that the circumstances and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic remain fluid, and that the course policies may change quickly from policies described on this website. Students should be aware of current Department of Health and CDC guidance on issues related to COVID-19.


A student may be withdrawn from this course by the instructor without notification to the student for failure to complete necessary prerequisites. A student may also be withdrawn from this course by the instructor after one warning for disruption of class. Ringing of a cell phone during the lecture constitutes a "disruption of class."

The instructor will provide students with an opportunity to complete academic responsibilities resulting from absences due to (for example) 1) observation of religious holidays, 2) significant illness, 3) death in family and 4) emergencies. The instructor requires reasonable (~ one week) written notice of such absences when possible. Please communicate promptly with instructor such absences, including date and reason for absence, and proposed alternative for academic responsibilities.