Chemistry Now – Computational Chemistry
This leaflet is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s series called Chemistry Now. The leaflet consists of four pages of information interspersed with questions to test students' understanding of what they are reading, to help them to link what they have read to the chemistry they already know and to help them to understand the text. The leaflets could be used to support existing workschemes, to develop comprehension skills or as meaningful exercises to be used in the case of teacher absences (planned or unplanned).
This leaflet is aimed at the post-16 age group. It presents a case study of the development of derivatives of cinnamic acid as a repellent to dissuade birds from eating crops treated with it. It explains how chemists develop relationships between structural features and particular types of activity and how computer modelling programmes are used in this work.
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