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"...one of best interactive applets available in physical chemistry."
from MERLOT peer review
Molecular Visualization of Symmetry Elements and Operations
3DMolSym is an educational program designed to visualize the symmetry elements of molecules and to animate the corresponding symmetry operations in an interactive 3D environment.

It is aimed to help chemistry students conceive the symmetry properties of the molecular structure.

3DMolSym includes a database with symmetry and geometry data of 48 organic and inorganic molecules, corresponding to all point groups of chemical interest.

The user can search the database via the Graphical User Interface and filter the molecules by their symmetry elements or point group . The user can also filter the symmetry elements of a selected molecule by their type or by their order.

In summary, with 3DMolSym you can:
  • Display any combination of the symmetry elements of a selected molecule.

  • Perform any symmetry operation of a selected molecule.

  • Adjust the speed and pause the animation of a symmetry operation.

  • Display a molecule in Ball n' Stick, Wireframe, Sticks or Space Filling format.

  • Rotate, translate and zoom a molecule to any viewpoint.
  • Store and recall 4 preferred view points.

  • View information about the symmetry elements and point group of a molecule.

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Screen shots
Propadiene D2d Methane Td Dodecaborane Ih
Ferrocene D5d Cobaltium Hexafluoride Oh Ethane D3d

type : molecular visualization
file size : 321 kb
version :
2.1 / 2005
audience : undergraduate

plug in : shockwave
renderer : OpenGL
monitor : 800x600

Version history
2.1 : Preview elements by class
2.0 : (1) Symmetry operation performed on translucent or opaque model
(2) Space Filling display
1.9 : Atom Labeling
1.8 : Color coding for symmetry elements preview
1.7 : Improper rotation debug
1.6 : Structural formulas
1.5 : Symmetry Elements Preview
1.4 : Apply operation by hand
1.3 : Preferences Panel

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