Mathematical Representation of the Chlorine Dioxide-Iodine-Malonic Acid Reaction
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Mathematics is frequently used in chemistry to solve several different types of problems including thermodynamics, stoichiometry, and analyzing experimental data. However, there are more interesting ways to link these two disciplines using chemical kinetics. In this research, the oscillating chemical reaction, chlorine dioxide-iodine-malonic acid, was studied using differential equation modeling. The behavior of the reaction was investigated as the components of the reaction oscillated about its equilibrium point. The chemical reaction was modeled as a differential rate law equation and was simplified and non-dimensionalized in order to derive a system of differential equations that modeled the system. Numerical integration and linear stability analysis was used in order to observe how the chemical reaction behaved at different parameter values.
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