Alice Coppock, Computer Science
“Computational chemistry of parrondo’s paradox.”
Parrondo’s paradox is a mathematical construction stating that alternation of two different losing games can produce a winning result not possible under steady-state or fixed conditions. Real-world applications of Parrondo’s paradox can be found in areas as diverse as economics and quantum physics. UNH students have already determined a set of specific chemical reactions that can produce about twice as much as either reaction alone. Simulating reaction conditions using an Excel program and a chemical modeling program called Kintecus can reduce hours of lab work in mere minutes. This study will utilize Kintecus, Excel and new mathematical and computer programming experience to determine the reaction rates, quantities and conditions needed to maximize a product’s accumulation. After ideal theoretical reaction conditions are determined, students will test the chemical reaction in the laboratory. Computer modeling of such reactions may lead to the development of new stochastic and deterministic chemical methods.