MolecularShapeandPolarity - Michael Glamore November 3 2005...

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Michael Glamore November 3, 2005 Molecular Shape and Polarity Vance Breakwell
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Purpose: Using laptops and expensive programs, students will be able to learn how to model various molecules while fully exploring how different atoms will create different bond lengths, bond angles, and molecular shapes. Another area of interest will be hybridization as various orbitals will affect each other in different ways. The computer program also has the unique ability to show partial charges that atoms within molecules will attain. Once a student has a unique understanding of these aspects in molecular creation, they are forced to create a molecule with specifications in size and charge. It would be impossible to match exactly, but students must begin to compromise the two aspects to get as close as possible to each. Observations: Making NH 3 : The creation of the first molecule is a unique experience. Trying to figure out all of the various capabilities of the program is challenging and takes ample amount of time. Some of the first quantitative data comes from the Beautifying option: The bond lengths we all almost equal.
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