Chemistry Software and Molecular Modeling course forundergraduate and masters level graduate sstudents

A course on chemistry software and molecular modeling was developed for chemistry undergraduate students and the masters level graduate students. It has been successfully offered for the past four years. The course is divided into two sections. The first section, which is about 20% of the course, prepares students to learn chemistry drawing software to prepare professional reports involving 2-D and 3-D drawings of molecules, reactions, mechanisms, and tables, which are routinely used in scientific reports and publications. The second section, which is about 80% of the course, introduces students to molecular modeling and molecular mechanics to learn properties of molecules and predict reaction mechanisms. The experiments include conformations analysis, study of transition states, study of thermodynamic vs. kinetic controls, prediction of bimolecular nucleophilic substitution, reactions involving inorganic catalysts, structures of biomolecues, and vibrational spectroscopy of organic molecules. The details of the course logistics and experiments will be presented.
Authors: 
Shailendra Kumar, Dr., PhD
Author Affiliation: 
Department of Chemistry Governors State University University Park IL United States