Michelle M. Francl
An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics JCE
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 JCE
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.