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ERIC Number: EJ829094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Disorder and Chaos: Developing and Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course on Chemical Dynamics
Desjardins, Steven G.
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n8 p1078-1082 Aug 2008
In this paper we describe an interdisciplinary course on dynamics that is appropriate for nonscience majors. This course introduces ideas about mathematical modeling using examples based on pendulums, chemical kinetics, and population dynamics. The unique emphasis for a nonmajors course is on chemical reactions as dynamical systems that do more than simply come to equilibrium. By presenting chemical systems that can undergo either periodic or chaotic behavior we provide the basis for understanding how chemistry can underlie complex natural systems. By describing these systems in the common language of dynamics in an interdisciplinary setting, we acquaint students with the motivations and methodologies behind the more mathematical aspects of chemistry. Students learn about the nature of measurement and prediction through the use of spreadsheet software for solution of equations and experimental data collection. (Contains 1 textbox and 3 lists.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A