Geometry and models in chemistry

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Geometry is an important ingredient in the chemical sciences and especially in structural chemistry. It is closely related to modeling, which is a favorite epistemological tool in chemistry. In the history of chemistry, simple geometrical models have often preceded sound experimental elucidation of structures. A series of examples are presented that include gas-phase electron diffraction; the origin of molecular mechanics; estimation of experimental error in quantum chemical computations; qualitative models of molecular structures; symmetrylowering effects; biological macromolecules; and chirality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalStructural Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2011



  • Biomolecular structures
  • Enantiomers
  • Experimental error in computation
  • Geometry
  • Modeling
  • Molecular mechanics
  • Molecular packing
  • Precision and accuracy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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