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Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in 
Undergraduate Education 
P. R. Naren 
School of Chemical & Biotechnology 
SASTRA...
SASTRA University 
• Established in 1984 
• Deemed university 2001 
– Deemed University u/s 3 of UGC 
Act, 1956 
• Re-accr...
Outline 
• Elective course CAChE 
• Scilab workshops 
• UG semester projects 
• Textbook companion projects 
• Specific pi...
Elective Course: CAChE 
Computer Applications in Chemical 
Engineering 
– Elective B.Tech Chem. Engg. 
 6th semester, Dec...
Spoken Tutorials in Learning Phase 
• Students introduced to Scilab through Spoken tutorials 
– Online test 
 Test questi...
Scilab Workshops 
• Awareness creation 
• I year undergraduates 
– Across disciplines 
– Under SASTRA 
University IIChE St...
Scilab Tutorials : I year UG 
• Tut1: Product of two nos. 
• Tut2: Product of two nos. + user input 
• Tut3: Matrix calcul...
Scilab Tutorials: Mech. & Biotech. 
Scilab Features 
• Tut5: Plot functions 
• Tut6: Function (Sub routines) 
• Tut7: Inbu...
Semester Projects 
• Use of Scilab for process design / reactor engineering 
models 
– Pressure balance model of Circulati...
Textbook Companion Projects 
• Opportunity for high performers / self-learners to 
– Learn Scilab 
– Understand subject kn...
Specific Pitfalls and Difficulties 
• Better synchronization of file / folder browser 
– Rename option 
– Delete option 
•...
Specific Pitfalls and Difficulties 
• Better user interface and graphical artwork for 
aesthetic appeal 
– Concatenation i...
Recommendations 
• Enhanced documentation 
– Make it available on FOSSEE platform as reference textbook 
• Better organize...
Summary 
• Ample scope for growth as efficient and effective 
computational tool for engineers 
– Aids Problem solving 
– ...
Acknowledgements 
• Students of CAChE Course 
– 2013, 2014 and 2015 batches 
– S. Abhinav, Rutgers, NJ 
– G. Subash, ICT, ...
Thank You 
• Prof. Kannan Moudgalya, IITB 
• Scilab Team, FOSSEE, IITB 
– Usha Viswanathan, Project Manager 
– Mohamed Kas...
Thank You 
A person who never made a mistake never tried 
anything new. 
- Albert Einstein 
- 1879 -1955 
Contact E-mail 
...
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  1. 1. Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education P. R. Naren School of Chemical & Biotechnology SASTRA University Thanjavur, Tamilnadu 613 401 INDIA E-mail: prnaren@scbt.sastra.edu Scilab India Conference IIT – Bombay 3 – 4 Dec 2014 Progress Through Quality Education
  2. 2. SASTRA University • Established in 1984 • Deemed university 2001 – Deemed University u/s 3 of UGC Act, 1956 • Re-accredited with A grade by NAAC in 2014 • Transparent merit based admissions – 10k students , 1k faculty • School of Chemical & Biotechnology – Chemical Engg. – Biotechnology – Bioengineering – Bioinformatics • Research centre • Thanjavur – 300 km from Chennai – 40 km from Trichy – Historic place – River Cauvery – Rice bowl Chennai Thanjavur 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 2
  3. 3. Outline • Elective course CAChE • Scilab workshops • UG semester projects • Textbook companion projects • Specific pitfalls and difficulties • Recommendations • Summary 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 3
  4. 4. Elective Course: CAChE Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering – Elective B.Tech Chem. Engg.  6th semester, Dec 11 – Apr 12  3 batches – 80 students – Core M. Tech Chem. Engg.  2nd semester, Dec 13 – Apr 14 • Scilab as computing tool • Complements problem solving – Process calculations – Thermodynamics – Reaction Engineering – Mass and Heat transfer • Lectures and Practical – Algorithms – Implementation of numerical techniques  2 hr per week – Tutorial  2 hr. per week – Assignment – Internal assessment 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 4
  5. 5. Spoken Tutorials in Learning Phase • Students introduced to Scilab through Spoken tutorials – Online test  Test questions needs to be revamped – Possibility of higher level test at end of course ? 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 5
  6. 6. Scilab Workshops • Awareness creation • I year undergraduates – Across disciplines – Under SASTRA University IIChE Student Chapter • 2 successful editions – Oct. 2013, 2014 – 500 participants • Promotion :FDP programme – At BITS, Trichy • Content open to public in.linkedin.com/in/prnaren www.slideshare.net/narenpr – PPT – Codes 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 6
  7. 7. Scilab Tutorials : I year UG • Tut1: Product of two nos. • Tut2: Product of two nos. + user input • Tut3: Matrix calculations based on user choice • Tut4: Matrix calculations based on user choice with condition check • Tut5: Spline curves • Tut6: Building blocks • Tut7: Equation of motion : v • Tut8: Equation of motion: v and x • Tut9: Roots of polynomial • Tut10: Smart Input for Tut4 • Tut11: Write output into text file • Tut12: Sum on n numbers • Tut1: Print statements • Tut2: Input function • Tut3: Switch case • Tut4: If then else • Tut5: Plot functions • Tut6: Function (Sub routines) • Tut7: ODE function : I order • Tut8: Simultaneous ODE : Two I order • Tut9: Inbuilt function fsolve • Tut10: GUI • Tut11: File operations • Tut12: For looping 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 7
  8. 8. Scilab Tutorials: Mech. & Biotech. Scilab Features • Tut5: Plot functions • Tut6: Function (Sub routines) • Tut7: Inbuilt function fsolve • Tut8: Linear regression – “’ operator • Tut9: File operations • Tut10: For looping and GUI • Tut11: ODE function : I order • Tut12: Simultaneous ODE : – Two I order Mechanical Engg. - Thermodynamics • Tut5: Specific heat capacity • Tut6: Building blocks • Tut7: Molar volume from Virial equation • Tut8: Enthalpy vs. Temperature • Tut9: Write output into text file • Tut10: Molar volume from IGL Biotechnology Tut5: Michaelis Menten rate Tut6: Building blocks Tut7: Roots of polynomial Tut8: Activation energy Tut9: Write output into text file Tut10: Pressure drop in FBR Tut11: Substrate conc M-M rate Tut12: Equation of motion: v and x 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 8
  9. 9. Semester Projects • Use of Scilab for process design / reactor engineering models – Pressure balance model of Circulating Fluidized bed – Development of reactor engineering model for fixed bed reactor • Use of GUI based input – Ease – Added benefit 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 9
  10. 10. Textbook Companion Projects • Opportunity for high performers / self-learners to – Learn Scilab – Understand subject knowledge better through coding – Paid internship – Contribute Scilab resources • 2 Completed and 2 ongoing • Similar scheme for developing Scilab sample codes repository ? – Domain specific – Numerical techniques 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 10
  11. 11. Specific Pitfalls and Difficulties • Better synchronization of file / folder browser – Rename option – Delete option • Lack of specificity in reporting of errors a = 2 + Error: Expression or statement is incomplete or incorrect. !--error 2 Invalid factor. – Inline error notification for incompatible syntax  Scilab script 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 11
  12. 12. Specific Pitfalls and Difficulties • Better user interface and graphical artwork for aesthetic appeal – Concatenation in case of multiple loops • Customized applications / add-ons 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 12
  13. 13. Recommendations • Enhanced documentation – Make it available on FOSSEE platform as reference textbook • Better organized help menu • Active Scilab help community / forum • Toolboxes – Curve fit, PDE • Spoken tutorials / Scilab companion project : FOSSEE: SciTutorials – PDE, Stiff ODEs – Numerical techniques  Discipline specific  Pooled from textbook companion codes • Scilab proficiency certificate – Incentive for learning 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 13
  14. 14. Summary • Ample scope for growth as efficient and effective computational tool for engineers – Aids Problem solving – Complements learning FOSSEE potential to be harnessed SciTutorials Reach students better 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 14
  15. 15. Acknowledgements • Students of CAChE Course – 2013, 2014 and 2015 batches – S. Abhinav, Rutgers, NJ – G. Subash, ICT, Mumbai – Sneha R. Iyer, ICT, Mumbai – Priyam Nayak, IBM, Bangalore • Faculty colleagues SCBT • SASTRA University IIChE Student Chapter 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 15
  16. 16. Thank You • Prof. Kannan Moudgalya, IITB • Scilab Team, FOSSEE, IITB – Usha Viswanathan, Project Manager – Mohamed Kasim Khan, Spoken Tutorial 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 16
  17. 17. Thank You A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein - 1879 -1955 Contact E-mail prnaren@scbt.sastra.edu 3-Dec-14 Experiments & Experiences with Scilab in Undergraduate Education 17

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