is one of the fastest growing fields in science. It may vary from
building and visualizing simple molecules (in 3-Dimensions) to
performing complex computer simulations on large protein molecules.
Using various molecular modeling software, one can visualize,
rotate, manipulate, and optimize models on a computer display.
Although some calculations can be performed in a few seconds other
calculations on molecules, using even the largest computers, can
take weeks or months to complete.
package shown below is called Mage --the image shown is that of
C-60, also known as a Buckyball or fullerene molecule. We will
discuss more about this molecule in another section (See Carbon
3 ways) .
The software package Mage allows the user to visualize
and rotate the molecule in 3-D. It also has tools that allow the
user to measure distances and angles.
rotate object hold left mouse button down and slide cursor
arrow over object
the next page is a picture of a protein molecule surrounded by
to Part 2...