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A collection of information about some interesting organic and inorganic compounds, containing two dimensional and three-dimensional representations.
Last updated: June 27, 2007
Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers
Revised "Entering the Third Dimension" notes
Element Gallery: Phosphorus, Sulfur, Zinc, Tin, Platinum, Mercury
Click on the element symbols below to see photographs of samples of
the element or some important compounds which the element is found in.
The three-dimensional structures for the molecules on these pages were drawn using CS Chem3D Pro (CambridgeSoft.com), using the CS MOPAC Std semi-empirical computation tool. These structures represent approximations (at best) to the actual three-dimensional shape of the molecule. The images are saved as either Brookhaven Protein Data Bank files (*.pdb) or MDL MolFile (*.mol) formats, which can be viewed with a variety of molecular modeling programs.
If you are using Internet Explorer, the 3D structures can be viewed with the Chime plug-in (www.mdlchime.com/chime or www.umass.edu/microbio/chime/).
For some reason, the plug-in does not install automatically into Netscape or Firefox. To get around that, copy the Chime plug-in (npchime.dll) from the plug-ins folder in the Internet Explorer folder in the Program Files folder (c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\plugins) and copy it to the plug-ins folder in the Netscape or Firefox folder (c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins), and it should work.
To enlarge the images, press the Shift button, click the left mouse button, and drag out. Other viewing options are available by right-clicking on the image.
A stand-alone application called RasMol is also available (openrasmol.org); this program can be used to view 3D structures which have been downloaded to your hard drive.
For almost all of the 3D images, I have made a separate link to the image file which opens the image in a new window, allowing the model to be enlarged more easily.
For questions, comments, or suggestions about this page, contact me at:
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Angelo State University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry