33470 -Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering


Henry R. Bungay, e-mail: bungah@rpi.edu

Teaching Assistant for 1996:

Min Sook Kim e-mail kimm4@rpi.edu

Course Description:

A study of the processes for removal of pollutants from air, water, and land and of control systems. Among the topics included are: bioprocessing, filtration, sedimentation, mass transfer, leaching, membrane operations, adsorption, evaporation, and thickening.
Offered: Spring term annually.
Credits: 3 credit hours.


H.R. Bungay, "BASIC Environmental Engineering" BiLine Assoc.,Troy, NY, 1992.
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    Fundamental training for careers or for graduate education related the environment.


    Last year was a transition year because of a new introductory course, Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering. For about a decade, undergraduate students in civil engineering could take Unit Operations to satisfy the requirement for an environmental course. Starting this year, 1996, students may not take Unit Operations without the prerequisite course in Fundamentals. However, students in chemical engineering and majors from biology can have the prerequisite waived because they have compensating strengths. Unit Operations will be more rigorous and more detailed than in recent semesters.

    Weekly Newsletter

    As in recent semesters, students will publish a four page newsletter. Each team will do this ONCE. This semester it WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED AS HARD COPY except to persons who make requests. Hard copy should be provided to Prof. Bungay for grammatical correction, and a team member should pick up the corrections roughly two days later. You will have other persons who do not make good use of the campus network but you hope they will read your newsletter so give them hard copy.

    The mechanics of the newsletter are:

    1. most teams will have 4 persons. You earn bonus points for the number of different academic majors represented, e.g., all from environmental engineering = no bonus, two different majors = 10 % bonus, three different majors = 15 % bonus, and four different = 20 % bonus. The reason for this is to meet new people.

    2. enter the names and majors on the semester schedule. First come, first served. Scores are adjusted upward for the first two teams because they cannot use the work of other teams as models.

    3. you may work in any desktop publishing program. Use the course computer newsgroup to tell where to find your file and write this address on the overhead projector in class as well. Include the name of the program for viewing your file. If you prefer to work on a Mac or PC, save your output as PostScript and move the file to the public directory of one of your team members. Anyone can read your newsletter using ghostview, and a PostScript file dumped to a printer will have all its elegant features. It is expected that most teams will use color, but do not incur the expense of providing hard copy from the expensive printer. Black and white is fine for people who refuse to use our Unix system.

    4. All entries should have bylines. One team member should be the editor and should be named near the masthead.

    5. Features that normally should be in the newsletter are: advance look at the computer assignments, questions that may be on the next quiz, editorial on anything that interests you, articles related to the lecture topic that week, summary of anything important in the class newsgroup. Most groups like to include a cartoon or some other humor.

    6. You should exchange e-mail addresses. If you send e-mail to someone who never answers and does not show up, leave that person's name off of your newsletter and go on.

  • How to find 1996 Newsletters.

    Computer Usage:

    Two to five computer programs per week requiring personal computers and/or RPI Unix system. Select any ten computer assignments and criticize each with a very short report saying what was effective for learning and what could be improved. Hand in to the professor, not the T.A.

    Course Outline


    One quiz every week, usually on Wednesday. There will be 4 or 5 homeworks and about 10 two-paragraph reports about the computer exercises that count as additional quizzes. One low score or absence will be dropped. There will be a single makeup quiz given as a final exam. The grade will replace all absences or lower quiz scores. It DOES NOT replace homework or report scores. ONE SHEET OF NOTES ALLOWED FOR ANY QUIZ or for the big make up.

    Quiz, report, and homework score is 90 % of grade; the Newsletter counts 10 %.

    Grades are in a spreadsheet in the T.A.'s public directory. By law, grades cannot be posted in the open. To have your grades in this public spreadsheet, send written permission, the alias to conceal your identity, and your signature to the T.A. If you decide not to be included, you will have to set up an appointment with the T.A. to get your grades.

    Go to: Ch. Eng. Faculty/ Courses taught by Bungay/ Environmental and Energy Engineering/
    Last update: 06-FEB-96 Contact bungah@rpi.edu