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Part II. Material Balances > Chapter 3. Material Balances

Chapter 3. Material Balances

3.1 Introduction to Material Balances

3.2 A General Strategy for Solving Material Balance Problems


Your objectives in studying this chapter are to be able to

1. Develop a conceptual understanding of material balances

2. Understand the features of open, closed, steady-state, and unsteady-state systems

3. Express in words how to form the material balances for processes involving single or multiple components

4. Familiarize yourself with the strategy to assist you in solving material balance problems


If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.

Michelangelo

In Chapter 3 we introduce the concept of a material balance. Material balances are nothing more than the application of the conservation law for mass: “Matter is neither created nor destroyed.” Just what this statement means in practice, and how you can use the concept to solve problems of varying degrees of complexity, requires a bit of explanation.


  

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