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ERIC Number: EJ1031148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Free Radical Addition Polymerization Kinetics without Steady-State Approximations: A Numerical Analysis for the Polymer, Physical, or Advanced Organic Chemistry Course
Iler, H. Darrell; Brown, Amber; Landis, Amanda; Schimke, Greg; Peters, George
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n3 p374-379 Mar 2014
A numerical analysis of the free radical addition polymerization system is described that provides those teaching polymer, physical, or advanced organic chemistry courses the opportunity to introduce students to numerical methods in the context of a simple but mathematically stiff chemical kinetic system. Numerical analysis can lead students to an appreciation of the power of numerical methods applied to chemical systems while providing a better understanding of the steady-state approximation and giving a more complete picture and deeper understanding of reaction dynamics. The description and Mathcad and MATLAB tutorials provided in the Supporting Information offer a variety of levels of student engagement ranging from classroom presentations of numerical and steady-state comparisons to projects requiring students to set up, run, and interpret numerical analyses for a free radical addition polymerization system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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