Fitting a Polynomial to CP vs. T for Ag©
Theresa Julia Zielinski
Department of Chemistry, Medical Technology, and Physics
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898
United States
mail to: tzielins@monmouth.edu



Abstract
Silver2.mcd is the working Mathcad document for exploring various orders of polynomial that can be used to represent the data for silver. Other data sets can be prepared by the students or instructor in separate csv files or by placing the data directly in the Mathcad file. This curve fitting document is heavily annotated for the novice user of Mathcad and therefore can be used by students for independent study assignments. Questions at the end of the exercise emphasize active learning for mastery of the topic. The fitting.pdf file is an Adobe Acrobat file containing a description of the matrix method for solving the set of simultaneous equations used in fitting a polynomial to the data. Some knowledge of matrix algebra would be needed for students to use this document effectively.
Keywords
Audiences: Upper-Division Undergraduate
Pedagogies: Computer-Based Learning
Domains: Physical Chemistry
Topics: Chemometrics, Mathematics / Symbolic Mathematics, Thermodynamics
Documents
File NameDescriptionSoftware TypeSoftware Version
silver2001i.mcd Computational Document for Mathcad 2001i Mathcad 2001i
silver.csv Place in the same directory as the template.
silver2001i.pdf Read-Only Document
fitting.pdf Curve Fitting with Polynomials Note
fitting2001i.pdf Curve Fitting with Polynomials Note
Comments to: Theresa Julia Zielinski tzielins@monmouth.edu .
©Copyright Theresa Julia Zielinski, 1996. All rights reserved. You are welcome to use this document in your own classes but commercial use is not allowed without the permission of the author.