Talk:Chemical clock

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Random YouTube link[edit]

Here's a dramatic example of a chemical clock in action: -- (talk) 00:34, 12 September 2009 (UTC)


I find the explanation given under Theory somewhat lacking. If there is an intermediate that controls the rate of one pathway versus the other, why is there an immediate switch between the two pathways and how gets one pathway locked in until another switch occurs? So what I'm missing is an explanation for the hysteresis that seems to occur. Or to put it another way, how does the reaction differentiate between the two flanks of the reaction? If I were to start with an initial concentration of compounds and intermediate, how is the direction determined in which the reaction moves first if this particular configuration is reached during both pathways? --Mudd1 (talk) 22:03, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Why not Oscillating reaction?[edit]

Why is this page not called Oscillating chemical reaction, whose meaning would be much clearer? Or perhaps Chemical oscillator? Dirac66 (talk) 10:52, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

It's called Chemical Clock on Wikipedia because that's the common word used for it in the community of chemists. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:56, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

Actually, this is wrong. Chemical clocks are distinct from chemical oscillators. Chemical clocks can be subsystems of chemical oscillators though. BZ is an oscillator not a clock. This page needs to be split into two and the links to it are referencing chemical oscillators. So it would be better if this one changes title and we add a chemical clock. If that's not possible, then I can copy over the correct pieces to a new oscillating reactions page and relink them. Thedelstar (talk) 15:59, 8 February 2018 (UTC)

Two articles sounds like a good idea. At the moment Chemical oscillator is a redirect to this article Chemical clock, so probably the easiest procedure would be to edit the redirect into a real article with appropriate content. Since your user page says that you are in the field of nonlinear chemical dynamics, perhaps you could do a good job of deciding what belongs in each of the two articles.
And since I see that you are new to Wikipedia, I will tell you how to find and edit the redirect. If you click on Chemical oscillator, you will be redirected to Chemical clock, and the top 2 lines under the title will say "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Chemical oscillator)". Now click again on the words Chemical oscillator after the words Redirected from, and you will be taken to the redirect instruction page which is normally bypassed. Then click on Edit this page, delete the redirect instruction and insert the content which belongs in the Chemical oscillator article, and finally delete if from the Chemical clock article if appropriate. Dirac66 (talk) 00:31, 9 February 2018 (UTC)