Modelling of Chemical Dynamics Towards a Methodological Approach
The modelling of chemical dynamics, in particular out of equilibrium, is a field where the variety and complexity of behaviour is at its greatest. It is, on the one hand, the subject of concern to theoriticians, chemists and mathematicians, who find in it remarkable examples of dynamical systems. They usually study formal simple models, using a low dimensional space of pertinent or essential state variables. They use rather sophisticated mathematical methods like bifurcation theory, interaction of singularities , graph theory etc… On the other hand the experimental chemist starts from a very different point of view. Given a set of reactants [to which he confers reaction properties using chemical knowledge which, for a given system, is far from being complete] he designs a model or reaction scheme, the complexity of which is not amenable to any systematic analysis.
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