"Lec 33 - Conformational Energy and Molecular Mechanics" Freshman Organic Chemistry (CHEM 125) Understanding conformational relationships makes it easy to draw idealized chair structures for cyclohexane and to visualize axial-equatorial interconversion. After quantitative consideration of the conformational energies of ethane, propane, and butane, cyclohexane is used to illustrate the utility of molecular mechanics as an alternative to quantum mechanics for estimating such energies. To give useful accuracy this empirical scheme requires thousands of arbitrary parameters. Unlike quantum mechanics, it assigns strain to specific sources such as bond stretching, bending, and twisting, and van der Waals repulsion or attraction. 00:00 - Chapter 1. The 1918 Ernst Mohr Illustrations of Cyclohexane 09:40 - Chapter 2. The Invention of Conformational Analysis 22:24 - Chapter 3. Conformational Animations of Ethane, Propane, and Butane 32:05 - Chapter 4. Molecular Mechanics as an Alternative to Quantum Mechanics 40:13 - Chapter 5. Assigning Strain to Estimate Energy in Bonds Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2008.
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