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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 22 (2017) pp 33-35

Using Probability and Mathematica Software to Visualize the Ionization of Amino Acids

Igor Novak

Charles Sturt University, POB 883, Orange NSW 2800, Australia, inovak@csu.edu.au
Received October 27, 2016. Accepted January 19, 2017.

Published: 14 February 2017

Abstract. In this work the use of simple probability theory and Mathematica software to rationalize the ionization of amino acids (AA) under different pH conditions is described. It is shown how the notion of probability relates to concentration and how acid-base chemistry can be taught in a straightforward manner where it concerns chemical/biochemical topics.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; analytic chemistry; probability; acid-base ionization; amino-acids; visualization

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: inovak@csu.edu.au)

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