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Mathematical Modeling I: kinetics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics (MMI) features traditional topics in physical chemistry (chemical physics), but is distinguished by problem solving techniques which emphasize the assignment of mathematical models to describe physical phenomena.

MMI is a starting point to unify theoretical and empirical perceptions of the following topics:

  • Kinetics, distributions and collisions
  • The first law of thermodynamics
  • The second law of thermodynamics
  • The third law of thermodynamics
  • Statistical mechanics

MMI can be used as a text on the above topics in the first semester part of a two-semester undergraduate course in physical chemistry. Since many quantum ideas are introduced in the study of kinetics, distributions, collisions, and statistical mechanics, MMI serves as a logical foundation for the study of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy in the second volume, Mathematical Modeling II: quantum mechanics and spectroscopy (to appear in the fall of 2010).

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