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# CHE 555 NUMERICAL METHODS & OPTIMIZATION

ASSIGNMENT 1
This is a group assignment (3 members) which has to be submitted on 8/4/2013. (Standardize all the
calculation up to 4 decimal points).

QUESTION 1
The famous Ergun equation is commonly used to predict the pressure drop across a packed
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(20 marks)
QUESTION 2
Alam Coffee Sdn. Bhd. is a company that produces instant coffees namely as Coffee A, Coffee B and
Coffee C. These types of coffees have different ingredient that suit to different flavor such as strong,
mild and regular taste. The ingredients quantities required for each pack instant coffee are presented in
Table 1.
Table 1: Ingredients of each pack instant coffee
Coffee Coffee (g) Sugar (g) Creamer (g)
A 40 5 10
B 20 7.5 30
C 25 10 20

If there are only 2 kg of coffee, 0.5 kg of sugar and 1.5 kg of creamer available, determine quantity of
instant coffee that can be produced by using Nave Gauss Elimination and Gauss Seidel methods.
Hint: Start calculation of Gauss Seidel methods with B = C = 10.
(20 marks)
QUESTION 3
Solve Question 2 by using Excel and Matlab. Write the details common (Excel & Matlab) and result
of this problem.
(10 marks)