ABC Chemical Kinetics©
Jorge A. Carrazana García
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Facultad de Ciencias de Lugo
Departamento de Quimica Fisica
Lugo 27002
mail to: uscqfjcg@cesga.es

The system formed by three chemical species "A", "B" and "C" related to each other by elementary reactions, reversible or not, is broadly used in chemical kinetics as a first step in the study of the so-called "complex reactions". This model presents an appropriate combination of mathematical complexity and chemical applicability that transforms it into a didactic resource of great educational value at various levels of Chemical Kinetics, Physical Chemistry or even basic General Chemistry, where reaction rates and mechanisms are of interest.

In this collection of worksheets, a step-by-step study of the "ABC" system is accomplished with the aid of Mathcad. Work in real math notation, interactive graphs and symbolic processing allows useful equations to be obtained, transformed and live applied, with the result of clarifying the study goals and objectives. The significance of the different model parameters can be visually determined by perturbing the values and observing the effect alongside. The proposed exercises not only consolidate the concepts and skills but extend the analysis applying the models and methods to other similar systems.

The organization of all the material in a format of Mathcad electronic book makes its use easy. The user can learn working with the interactive models, can annotate the book and, at the same time, the original information is conserved stable. The PC's memory handling is more efficient when a group of Mathcad worksheets are part of an electronic book than in the use as individual ones. The "live" book is presented for its use with the versions 7 and 11 of Mathcad. Non-interactive images of the book, in "pdf" and "html" formats are presented too.

Even when each worksheet in the book is part of an interconnected group, the different objectives can be worked individually. For this reason every theme is separately introduced and analyzed, and has its own exercises and references. This is graphically showed as rows in the book's Table of Contents. Alternatively, a vertical progression in the Table of Contents implies changes in the objective pursued and, eventually, a more general model under study.
Editor's Commentary
Audiences: Upper-Division Undergraduate
Pedagogies: Computer-Based Learning
Domains: Physical Chemistry
Topics: Kinetics, Mechanisms of Reactions, Mathematics / Symbolic Mathematics
File NameDescriptionSoftware TypeSoftware Version
ABC_Kin_pdf.pdf Read-Only Document
ABC_Kinetics11.zip JCE ABC_Kin.hbk and folder ABC_Kin with all the files of the e Book for version 11 of Mathcad. In Mathcad ver. 11, execute the menu command Help/ Open Book and open the file ABC_Kin.hbk
ABC_Kinetics7.zip JCE ABC_Kin.hbk and folder ABC_Kin with all the files of the e Book for version 7 of Mathcad. In Mathcad ver. 7, execute the menu command Help/ Open Book and open the file ABC_Kin.hbk
ABC_Kinetics_sol.zip JCE e Book Exercise Solutions. Open the file ABC_Kin_sol_menu.mcd with Mathcad vs 7 or higher.
ABC_Kinetics_InstructorNotes.pdf Read-Only Document
JCE JCE Subscribers only: name and password or institutional IP number access required.
García, Jorge A. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 1220.
Comments to: Jorge A. Carrazana García
©Copyright 2003 Journal of Chemical Education