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Icosahedral chlorine atom

As I started to add more atoms to the Sketchup molecule maker kit, I realized that the chemistry model color convention breaks down past the basic four atoms of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon. Green, for example, is used for … Continue reading

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Molecule Maker: Good Adenine and the Kit

Well, I was right about being wrong. Here is adenine with the correct angles for the hydrogen bonds coming off the pentagonal ring: And here is the molecule maker kit, admittedly not looking like much for something that has kept … Continue reading

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Molecule Maker: DNA Nucleotides

From left to right: adenine, cytosine, thymine, guanine. They took about ten minutes each, thymine a little longer than the others because of the ‘antler.’ I found that I could copy-and-paste a lot of the molecular structure from previous work, … Continue reading

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Molecule Maker: Isooctane

Just for practice, I thought I’d try to make a simple molecule. So I went through my copy of Isaac Asimov’s The Genetic Code, and on page 40 was a diagram for isooctane that looked like this: Hmm, I thought. … Continue reading

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Molecule Maker: Wooden stick model

I decided to forgo the wikipedia model’s style of showing bonds the same color as the atom. Instead, I’m showing bonds as they would look in a physical kit with wooden sticks for bonds. It’s a lot easier to do … Continue reading

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Molecule Maker: Adventures in Scaffolding

I’ve discovered it’s easier to lay out a molecule with scaffolding as shown. The scaffolding is part of a component and can be deleted with a couple mouse clicks when it’s time to display the molecule. If you want to … Continue reading

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Water Molecules in the Sun

I slapped this together and then realized that the bonds look too long. But the hydrogen atom angle is 109 degrees, which I believe is right. The shadows are for 1:30 PM on June 21, which is utterly gratuitous information … Continue reading

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Sketchup Molecule Maker, in Progress

I want to make a bunch of molecular models in Sketchup, and it occured to me that I need a generic ‘tool kit’ of atoms and bonds in various angular arrangements. So far, I have the kit done for single … Continue reading

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