Kinetics of Chemical Reactions

Image of a computer model of a methane flame.

A model of the surface of a turbulent premixed laboratory methane flame. (Image courtesy of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.)


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5.68J / 10.652J

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Spring 2003



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This course deals with the experimental and theoretical aspects of chemical reaction kinetics, including transition-state theories, molecular beam scattering, classical techniques, quantum and statistical mechanical estimation of rate constants, pressure-dependence and chemical activation, modeling complex reacting mixtures, and uncertainty/sensitivity analyses. Reactions in the gas phase, liquid phase, and on surfaces are discussed with examples drawn from atmospheric, combustion, industrial, catalytic, and biological chemistry.

Steinfeld, Jeffrey, and William Green Jr.. 5.68J Kinetics of Chemical Reactions, Spring 2003. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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