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Chemical Discipline-Specific Review for the FE/EIT Exam, 2nd Ed

Chemical Discipline-Specific Review for the FE/EIT Exam, 2nd Ed

Chemical Discipline-Specific Review for the FE/EIT Exam, 2nd Ed
By John R. Richards, Stephanie T. Lopina, Michael R. Lindeburg

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Book Description

Study for the FE exam with this discipline-specific review book, which includes: 

  • 60 practice problems, with full solutions
  • 2 complete 4-hour exams
  • Coverage of all the topics on the chemical afternoon section of the exam
Topics Covered

  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Computers & Numerical Methods
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mass Transfer
  • Material & Energy Balances
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Process Control
  • Process Design & Economics Evaluation
  • Process Equipment Design
  • Process Safety
  • Transport Phenomena
This book is part of PPI’s Legacy Series—products developed for the former pencil-and-paper version of the NCEES FE exam, which is now delivered as a computer-based-test (CBT). Some of the content may appear in PPI’s current CBT FE exam products.

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A free electronic How to Use FERM3 Guide to the FE exam (PDF) download is available. Click here to download the free PDF version of the How to Use the FE Review Manual (FERM3) for the FE exam.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #615635 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Professional Publications, Inc.
  • Published on: 2006-01-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.00" h x .23" w x 8.50" l, .62 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 112 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
2Serious errors and no acknowledgment of them by publisher
By Headphone guy
I'm going through this now and finding major errors. I'll update as I proceed. What bothers me is the errors are serious but they are not acknowledged on the company website. They have an unwieldy system for looking up errors. They should just have a pdf errata sheet. This book has been out since 2006 so it's very shabby that these haven't been caught.

What I've noticed:
p. 9, #7: "The steam entering the second turbine is at ... 600 kPa". The figure shows the boiler at 1000 kPa.
p. 16, #23: The solution is fine if the question were about the partial pressure of oxygen. The partial pressure of oxygen in air is 21.3 kPa, not CO2.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
2An All Around Terrible Review Book
By nerdsquared
This book is everything that an exam preparation book shouldn't be.

The major problem is the way the practice problems are solved. The author uses the most obtuse methods imaginable to solve the problems. He uses integral calculus and summations for calculations that could be done with basic arithmetic. I think he is trying to show off his math abilities, not help people study.

I purchased this book having read other reviews stating that it contained only practice problems. However, these practice problems and "solutions" were terrible.

The book's first example problem is calculating the order of a reaction from reaction data. The example solution is to graph the data. I think drawing a sufficiently accurate graph by hand is a waste of time because slightly misplacing one data point would lead to a wrong answer. Then one must visually fit the data points to a curve. There are other ways to solve the problem, but he focuses on a method that is entirely unpractical for an exam environment.

The problems are solved in such a way as to calculate the exact answer, which is very rarely the way you should solve problems on a multiple choice exam. Time is essential on exams, yet the practice problems are solved with methods and calculations that not even the best engineers could perform in the allotted time.

The problems practice problems have had little resemblance to those I encountered on the exam. Any similarity is probably coincidental.

Unlike the problems in this book, many of those I encountered on the ChemE section of the exam were more theoretical. The answer choices contained wildly varying numbers, indicating that the intent of the question was to determine if you understood the concept (for example, how a CSTR works). This book gave no guidance whatsoever for these problems I encountered on the exam.

I took the EIT exam in April. I don't know if this book was designed for the PE exam, but it was useless for the EIT exam. Because I passes the exam (no thanks to this book), I was unable to send it back to the publisher for a refund.

I give it 2-stars because and only because the publisher had the decency not to publish a 3rd edition, so I will be able to resell mine* for a minimal loss. It is shameful that anyone would print such an entirely worthless book.

*Yes, I am ashamed to resell it.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
2Possibly useful for the Chemical PE, wast of time for Chemical FE
By Sterlingsilver79
I have to second many of the negative commentary regarding this book. Perhaps this book is a bit dated now, I just took the CBT version of the FE (chemical) for the first time in May of 2014 and passed. The test is actually pretty easy and the questions in this book do not at all represent the types of questions that you will come across on the exam, it's really night and day. With that being said, if you can work through and solve the problems in this book than you will probably get a 100% on the FE. It doesn't really hurt anybody to study too much and then breeze through a test. If however you are on a limited time and budget then you only really should buy the NCEES FE chemical problems and work through those, they are a much better use of your time. Then become very familiar with the reference handbook and you will pass the test no problem.

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