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Modeling and simulating chemical reactions

Higham, D.J. (2008) Modeling and simulating chemical reactions. SIAM Review, 50 (2). pp. 347-368. ISSN 0036-1445

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Abstract

Many students are familiar with the idea of modeling chemical reactions in terms of ordinary differential equations. However, these deterministic reaction rate equations are really a certain large-scale limit of a sequence of finer-scale probabilistic models. In studying this hierarchy of models, students can be exposed to a range of modern ideas in applied and computational mathematics. This article introduces some of the basic concepts in an accessible manner and points to some challenges that currently occupy researchers in this area. Short, downloadable MATLAB codes are listed and described.