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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
Michelle M. Francl, Bryn Mawr College |
An introduction to the partition function for vibrational and rotational energy by a review of Sterling's approximation and an examination of the harmonic oscillator partition function. The document can be used with experimental data or a supplied spectrum of HCl/DCl or some other diatomic gas to examine the effect of temperature on the partition function and the changes in the partition function for different molecules. | |

Exploring Exotic Kinetics: An Introduction to the Use of Numerical Methods in Chemical Kinetics
Michelle M. Francl, Bryn Mawr College |
An introduction to the use of numerical methods to solve systems of partial differential equations for chemical kinetics. The Runge-Kutta algorithm is used to explore two simple mechanisms as well as an auto-catalyzed system (Lotka-Volterra).An exercise for mastery based on the Gray-Scott mechanism for glycolysis is included. |