ACD Labs: Chemsketch – free modelling software

It’s not really a video, but you can build molecular models and make them move around on the screen, so it just about qualifies. It takes a wee while to get used to, but is worth the effort.

Demo videos here. Manuals here.

DP Bio teachers can use it to satisfy the modeling software stipulation of the 4/PSOW form. Enjoy!

EDIT – there is a shareware ($24.95) gif to flv encoder available here. I haven’t found any free software that can convert gif animations to flv files, so if anyone can help out, please let us know.

I have put a simple Chemsketch tutorial on making and animating glycine (word 2007 doc and SMART Board notebook file) in the downloads box on the right of this blog.

EDIT AGAIN:

The joys of Chemsketch are almost limitless. Here is proof: Mildly Surprised Surferezene

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About Stephen

MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher, HOD Science & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Japan. Moderator of #MYPChat (@IBiologyStephen). Author of i-Biology.net. MA International Education student, through the University of Bath. Married dad of two cross-culture kids (Indonesian & British).

Posted on November 23, 2007, in Chemistry, Chemistry of Life (Core & AHL), Free Resources, Simulations, Software. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Where do I find the word document for the Chemsketch tutorial on making and animating glycine? I can’t find it anywhere?

    • I’m sorry – this is a very old post. Since then I’ve moved schools, countries and computing platforms. If I do find the sheet, I’ll post it here, but glycine is the simplest possible amino acid.

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