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See D. W. Jepsen and J. O. Hirschfelder, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 45, 249 (1959). (b) For the products the coordinates can be the C D and A–B distances and the distance from the center of mass of AB to the center of mass of CD. Express the kinetic energy in these coordinates. (c) Next, examine the kinetic energy of C D motion and show that it is uncoupled to the other motions and is unaffected by the rearrangement. Where is the approximation? It is that kinetic energy is not necessarily conserved if there are forces acting.
This severely limits our ability to control because real molecules are quantum mechanical and we cannot specify initial conditions as tightly as classical mechanics allows. Of course, we will put this to advantage by developing statistical theories. But the limitation must be borne in mind. 27 We close by pattern formation for reactions on surfaces (Imbihl and Ertl, 1995) as an example where the role of dynamics has been elucidated. The surface structure is not static and it responds to the chemical reaction that is taking place.
In closing this introduction we have to take note that nature will cooperate with us, but not all the way. In this book the term “chaotic” will be used in several places. It will arise in two main contexts. First, even in the description of an isolated, individual, collision it can be that the classical dynamics is chaotic, meaning that rather small changes in the classical initial conditions lead to marked differences in the outcome of the collision. This severely limits our ability to control because real molecules are quantum mechanical and we cannot specify initial conditions as tightly as classical mechanics allows.