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"James B. Rawlings" <[log in to unmask]>
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James B. Rawlings
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:56:31 -0500
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We have completed a new textbook, "Modeling and Analysis Principles
for Chemical and Biological Engineers." The text is designed to
support the first semester graduate analysis class taught at most
chemical and biological engineering departments.  It can be ordered at
the publisher's website:

Here's our rationale for writing it.  Research undertaken by modern
chemical and biological engineers incorporates a wide range of
mathematical principles and methods.  This book came about as the
authors struggled to incorporate modern topics into a one- or
two-semester course sequence for new graduate students, while not
losing the essential aspects of traditional mathematical modeling
syllabi.  Topics that are particularly important but not represented
in traditional texts include: matrix factorizations such as the
singular value decomposition, basic qualitative dynamics of nonlinear
differential equations, integral representations of partial
differential equations, probability and stochastic processes, and
state estimation. The reader will find many more in the book.  These
topics are generally absent in many texts, which often have a bias
toward the mathematics of 19th- through early 20th-century physics.
The book will be of substantial interest to active researchers, as it
is in many respects a survey of the applied mathematics commonly
encountered by chemical and biological engineering practitioners, and
contains many topics that were almost certainly absent in their
chemical engineering graduate coursework.

The text contains 99 worked examples, more than 300 end-of-chapter
exercises, and 94 figures.  A solution manual for end-of-chapter
exercises is available to instructors who have adopted the
textbook. We support Matlab and Octave--a compatible, freely available
language--for all computations presented in the text.

This book also would make an excellent addition to your engineering
library's collection.

We encourage you to share this information with any interested
colleagues. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
or the publisher ([log in to unmask]).

Best regards,

Mike Graham  ([log in to unmask])
Jim Rawlings ([log in to unmask])