I'm taking a second-year chemical engineering course online with BYU (link: http://is.byu.edu/site/courses/description.cfm?title=CHEN-273-200#). It uses the Felder textbook (link: http://www.amazon.com/Elementary-Principles-Chemical-Processes-Richard/dp/047168757X), which I reckon is popular for most ChE programs. What should I pay attention to in order to succeed in this class? What have your experience been like taking similar classes? Also, the class syllabus requires solving some problems using programming (Excel, MATLAB, MathCAD). I have all those programs but little experience programming with them. The only programming I took was a beginner C++ class (we covered up til Arrays). Which material/book should I read to catch up with the programming requirement to solve exercises for this class? Thank you.