JIMP 2 Software as a teaching tool: Understanding orbitals using fenskee-hall method
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Teaching molecular orbital concept to undergraduate students is known to be very challenging; analysis of examination data for undergraduate students reveals that they do not have a clear understanding of the concepts of atomic and molecular orbitals (Tsaparlis, 1997). Understanding of the orbital concept has been subject to considerable debate and research (Barradas-Solas and Sánchez Gómez, 2014). One of teaching strategies to deal with this problem is based on usage of different quantum chemical software to calculate shape, energy and to visualize molecular orbitals. The main downside of this approach is the fact that quantum chemical calculations are often very time-consuming, especially in the case of molecules that contain transition metal atoms. Fenske-Hall method is ab initio method mainly developed for molecular orbitals calculation of transition metal complexes and organometallic compounds (Hall and Fenske, 1972). It was shown that this method is very fast, and very accurate ...(results are similar to the results obtained by more rigorous and more time-consuming DFT methods). Here we present a series of computational laboratory exercises using Fenske-Hall method incorporated in Jimp2 software to calculate and visualize both atomic and molecular orbitals. Students will learn how to calculate energy and visualize molecular orbitals of simple molecules. Exercises provide deeper insight into relationship between atomic and molecular orbitals with special emphasis on calculation of contribution of atomic orbitals in particular molecular orbital. Using results of Fenske-Hall calculations, students will construct molecular-orbital diagrams for simple molecules.
Keywords:Orbitals / Fenske-Hall method / Jimp 2
Source:7th EuroVariety - European Variety in University Chemistry Education (University Chemistry Education for the Challenges of Contemporary Society), 28-30 June 2017, Belgrade, 2017, 121-122
- Serbian Chemical Society, Karnegijeva 4/III, Belgrade, Serbia