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**David****Member**- From: Bumpkinland
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Agnishom wrote:

I always wanted to be a theoretical physicist when I was a child.

Me too!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Did anyone in here ever dream about being a mathematician?

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**Relentless****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-15
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I wanted to be a philosopher............

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bobbym wrote:

Did anyone in here ever dream about being a mathematician?

Yes. Although, thanks to the "careers advice" I was given at my school, I had been convinced that they either did not exist or were not worth becoming.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Although I can not really argue with their conclusions the one big problem with school is that it does give a student lots of wrong ideas.

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**Relentless****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-15
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How did you find school?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I liked many of my teachers but school reminded me of a jail sentence.

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bobbym wrote:

Did anyone in here ever dream about being a mathematician?

Me, but you don't like mathermaticians.

Here is my first model for the problem.

Assume the reaction proceeds in discrete time steps, during each of which a random molecule in the system attacks another molecule at random. Furthermore, let us assume every attack happens in the right orientation and with sufficient energy.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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We need some condition that will slow down or stop the reaction and the probability this will happen. Else, the reaction will continue forever which we know does not happen.

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I thought we already included that in the model.

**Agnishom's Spherical Cow Model for the Radical Polymerization problem**

To begin with there are n1 phenyl free radicals (a free radical with chain length 0) in the system and n2 ethene molecules.

The reaction occurs in discrete time steps, during each of which a random molecule attacks another random molecule and the result of the attack is given by the following rules:

a) Ethene attacks ethene: Nothing happens. The reaction proceeds to the next step.

b) A free radical attacks an ethene: The ethene is removed from the system. The chain length of the free radical increases by 1. The reaction proceeds to the next step.

c) A free radical of length m attacks a free radical of length n: Both radicals are removed. A new kind of molecule, called the "polymer" is formed. The polymer is of chain length m + n. The reaction proceeds to the next step.

d) A polymer attacks another polymer: Nothing happens. The reaction proceeds to the next step.

The reaction continues until the molecules in the systems undergoes no further changes, i.e, the number of free radicals in the system is 0.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Is that a discrete process?

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The spherical cow model or reality?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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This polymerization process you are trying to model.

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God modelled the universe like the card game Mao. There are strange rules which he refuses to disclose.

In reality, the process might be continuous. Or they might not be because space-time could be fundamentally quantized. But who knows how reality works?

The spherical cow model of the polymerization problem is discrete, though. Do you think this model is a bad place to start?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Do you think this model is a bad place to start?

I do not see any probabilities provided for a,b,c, or d. To form a Markov chain we will need them.

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I am sorry, what are a, b, c, d?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Post #260 has them.

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The spherical cow model picks two species from the system at each step uniformly at random.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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With equal probability?

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Yes. But that does not mean a, b, c and d happen with equal probability.

The next does not understand.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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You are right.

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Am I right about the probabilities or your understanding?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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But that does not mean a, b, c and d happen with equal probability.

Both, what are the probabilities of a,b,c and d?

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It depends.

Let's say there are 2 free radicals and 10 ethene molecules in the system in step i. Any two of those things react at random.

What is the probability that during this step, a will happen? (10/12)*(9/11)

What is the probability that during this step, b will happen? (2/12)*(10/11)

What is the probability that during this step, c will happen? (2/12)*(1/11)

What is the probability that during this step, d will happen? 0

In the step i+1, the probabilities will change again.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Why do the probabilities change?

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