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ERIC Number: EJ918555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Dynamic Paper Constructions for Easier Visualization of Molecular Symmetry
Sein, Lawrence T., Jr.
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n8 p827-828 Aug 2010
A system for construction of simple poster-board models is described. The models dynamically demonstrate the symmetry operations of proper rotation, improper rotation, reflection, and inversion for the chemically important point groups D[subscript 3h], D[subscript 4h], D[subscript 5h], D[subscript 6h], T[subscript d], and O[subscript h]. The models also clearly show where the applicable point, line, or plane lies in relation to the other symmetry elements. This method is presented for use as a one-period exercise in the laboratory course that traditionally accompanies the third- or fourth-year undergraduate-level (advanced) inorganic chemistry lecture course. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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