5.68J / 10.652J Kinetics of Chemical Reactions

Spring 2003

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.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes with extensive text plus supplemental readings on computer modeling.

Course Description

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.

Technical Requirements

CHEMKIN® software is required to complete some of the assignments in this course. Gaussian software  is required to complete some of the assignments in this course.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. William Green, Jr.
Prof. Jeffrey Steinfeld

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session