A Sweet Introduction to the Mathematical Analysis of Time-Resolved Spectra and Complex Kinetic Mechanisms: The Chameleon Reaction Revisited

07 February 2022, Version 1
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We present a detailed yet easy-to-follow discussion of the mathematical treatment of time-resolved spectroscopic data in a model-based approach. This is accompanied and complemented by an example of a colourful and pedagogically rich chemical reaction: the permanganate oxidation of sugars in basic aqueous media (often known as the chameleon reaction). Our sweet approach allows both students and lecturers to tackle the problem of a model-based analysis of time-resolved data in a simple manner and one step at the time, while also exercising programming and data analysis skills---fundamental for present and future chemists of all levels.


Upper-Division Undergraduate
Graduate Education/Research
Physical Chemistry
Computer-Based Learning
Problem Solving/Decision Making
Mathematics/Symbolic Mathematics
Mechanisms of Reactions

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