Register for NORM2016 and sign up for this low-cost ACS workshop:
Web-Based Molecular Modeling
Tuesday June 28 8:30-11:30 AM Egan Convention Center, Anchorage

John W. Keller, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Alaska Fairbanks

              Which molecular modeling program is best for your school?
  
      Water dimer
                     Program1 ($1200)         Program2 ($1000)           WebMO  ($0)
      electrostatic potential
                                                                 
Abstract:
This workshop will introduce chemistry instructors to free chemistry computing resources in the "cloud." These sites can be used by teachers to enhance their own understanding, and prepare chemistry teaching materials; or by students to carry out lab investigations or science projects. A laptop with Java-enabled browser, or iPad, is all that is required. Participants will carry out several activities suitable for high school or first-year college chemistry labs, such as calculating and visualizing molecular electron clouds and vibrations, visualizing bonds and intermolecular interactions in drug molecules, proteins and DNA. Other topics: introduction to methods of computational chemistry, discussion of free or low-cost molecular modeling resources for teachers, such as Jmol, WebMO, NWChem, MOPAC, and the Protein Data Bank. 
Who should attend:
  • High school teachers
  • College level general chemistry instructors
  • College and graduate level students
Learning objectives:
  • Build or download molecules using browser
  • Use molecular orbitals and surfaces to understand chemical concepts
  • Sort out, and apply, the different computational methods of modern chemistry