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An Introduction to Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics: Oscillations, Waves, Patterns, and Chaos

Series: Topics in Physical Chemistry Series

By: Irving R Epstein and John A Pojman

480 pages, 39 b/w illus, 206 figs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Nov 1998 | #90248 | ISBN: 0195096703
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Assuming no more than an undergraduate knowledge of chemistry, the authors take the reader through the necessary mathematical and theoretical background of oscillating reactions, chaos and chemical waves to advanced topics of current research interest in chemical systems, including applications biology and polymers.

"Offers an introduction to nonlinear chemical dynamics written especially for chemists, covering oscillating reactions, chaos, and chemical pattern formation. Begins with a brief history of nonlinear chemical dynamics and a review of necessary mathematics and chemistry, then provides an overview of nonlinear dynamics, starting with the flow reactor and moving on to a detailed discussion of chemical oscillators. Later chapters cover advanced topics such as biological systems, polymers, and interactions between fields and waves. Includes a series of classroom-tested demonstrations and experiments appropriate for an undergraduate laboratory. Assumes an undergraduate knowledge of chemistry. Epstein is a professor of chemistry at Brandeis University. Pojman is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi."--SciTech Book News

"Nonlinear chemical dynamics is a young, rapidly developing field . . . Irving Epstein and John Pojman's [book] is inte


Part I: Overview; 1. Introduction - A Bit of History; 2. Fundamentals; 3. Apparatus; 4. Chemical Oscillations: Synthesis; 5. Chemical Oscillations: Analysis; 6. Waves and Patterns; 7. Computational Tools; Part II: Special Topics; 8. Complex Oscillations and Chaos; 9. Transport and External Field Effects; 10. Delays and Differential Delay Equations; 11. Polymer Systems; 12. Coupled Oscillators; 13. Biological Oscillators; 14. Turing Patterns; 15. Stirring and Mixing Effects; Appendix I; Demonstrations; A1.1 The Briggs-Rauscher Reaction; A1.2 The Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction; A1.3 BZ Waves; A1.4 A Propagating pH Front; Appendix 2; Experiments for the Undergraduate Lab; A2.1 Frontal Polymerization; A2.2 Oscillations in the Homogeneous Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction; A2.3 Unstirred BZ System: "Measuring Rate Constants with a Ruler"; Bibliography

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