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Molecular Visualization Freeware

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Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: Executable Program
Date Added to MERLOT: July 09, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 18, 2004
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Submitter : Nancy J. Pelaez


RasMol is free software for looking at molecularstructures. You must download a free PDBdata file for each molecule you wish to view. It is veryfast: rotating a water molecule, protein, or DNA molecule shows its 3Dstructure. Chime shows molecules like RasMol, but unlike RasMol, Chime showsmolecules inside a web page. Chime shows... More

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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Chime is free, and runs on Windows or Macintosh/PPC
computers (also Silicon Graphics). Rasmol is free and it runs on Windows or Macintosh/PPC
computers (also unix).
Language: English
Cost Involved: no Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no Copyright: yes
Creative Commons: unsure

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12 years ago

Teacher Education Editorial Board (Faculty)

This item will be reviewed by the Teacher Education Editorial Board. 3

Avatar for Nancy J. Pelaez
13 years ago

Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)

These programs are transforming the ways in which learners visualize atoms and
molecules. Additional free-ware programs are becoming available, but Chime and
Rasmol remain among the best programs, intuitive and easy to use. Even elementary school children can handle this chllenge. CN3D is
another free molecule visualization program that does more, but might be
reserved for the more advanced or motivated learners.

Technical Remarks:

The Chime plug-in must be loaded onto school computers so that students will
observe molecules in three dimensions when browsing the internet.

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