University Chemistry ›› 2015, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (2): 78-82.doi: 10.3866/pku.DXHX20150278

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Application of POV-Ray Software in the Molecular Symmetry

Zhang Haiyan, Sha Zhaolin, Cui Shihai, Zhu Yinyan, Li Xiaodong   

  1. School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, China
  • Published:2015-04-25


Using staggered conformation of ethane as an example, this paper illustrates in detail the procedure to create exquisite video animation for displaying the molecular symmetry elements in POV-ray software. With the visual help of the software, student can understand very well the molecular structure and have a good grasp of the teaching content about the molecular symmetry. In such a way, the effectiveness can be significantly improved.

Key words: Pov-Ray software, Molecular symmetry, Multimedia courseware, Teaching research


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