This week was mainly focused around figuring out how the scaling procedure works. The hardest part of this was interpreting and analyzing Allison’s dissertation which, although it provides a lot of useful information on the general procedure, seems to a lack a specific procedure. I spent most of my time trying to figure out how the reference curve works, something I had struggled with conceptually earlier. I was even more chagrined when I found out you could not program an equation for an excel tread line. I talked to Allison and found out that we use a polynomial function instead, and interpret the terms of the quadratic equation as being part of the first 3 terms of Taylor series expression for ex. I managed to calculate the activation energies for each family member, but they seem to linearly decrease which seems quite troubling to me. I hopefully will have more answers in the meeting later today.