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Chemical Kinetics

 Table of Contents:

  1. Chemical Kinetics - Introduction
  2. Basic Idea of Chemical Kinetics
  3. Composite Reactions or Reaction Mechanisms
  4. Advanced Idea in Chemical Kinetics Exercises
  5. Exercises
  6. Glossary of Terms
  7. Links

Chemical Kinetics - Introduction

Chemical kinetics, a topic in several chemistry courses, illustrates the connection between mathematics and chemistry. Chemical kinetics deals with chemistry experiments and interprets them in terms of a mathematical model. The experiments are perfomed on chemical reactions as they proceed with time. The models are differential equations for the rates at which reactants are consumed and products are produced. By combining models with experiments, chemists are able to understand how chemical reactions take place at the molecular level. 

Basic Ideas of Chemical Kinetics

Composite Reactions or Reaction Mechanisms

Advanced Ideas in Chemical Kinetics


  1. First Order chemical kinetics equations
  2. Second Order chemical kinetics equations
  3. How to Construct the differential equations of chemical kinetics

Glossary of Terms



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