The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 7
Issue 5 (2002) pp 293-296
Using Molecular Modeling in the Organic Chemistry Course for Majors
Ingrid Montes,* José A. Prieto, and Marilyn García
Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Campus, P.O. Box 23346, San Juan, PR 00931-3346
Published online: 30 August 2002
modeling provides a way to correlate theoretical concepts with experimental
data; therefore, we have introduced organic chemistry students to molecular
modeling early in the first semester. This approach provides students
with additional skills for clarifying chemical and theoretical concepts
by means of demonstrations in the classroom and hands-on tutorial modules.
In this manner the impact of the active-learning process is increased.
In addition, this tool allows us to further enhance laboratory experiments
already developed using a guided-inquiry approach and to design new
experiments. Chemical concepts such as conformational analysis, stereochemistry,
IR spectra, molecular and electronic properties, molecular orbitals,
and chemical reactivity are emphasized through this approach.
Key Words: Computers in Chemistry; organic chemistry; computational chemistry; molecular modeling
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Issue date: October