Aims/Description: Interactions between molecules are responsible for the behaviour of many important natural and technological systems: from the boiling and freezing of liquid water, and the double-helix structure of DNA, to the amorphous or crystalline structure of polymers. This means it's important for chemists to understand these interactions and have the skills to quantify them. In this module, students will learn how interactions arise from the distribution of charge within molecules, and how they can be measured. It will then introduce classical molecular modelling - a powerful method for computer modelling the structures and dynamics of molecules.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry

Staff Contact: PORTIUS PETER
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study, Workshop (2 hours) taking place in a computer room, where students use specialised software.
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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