Questions tagged [computational-chemistry]

The branch of chemistry dealing with the use of mathematical models to solve problems in chemistry.

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How can one mathematically describe the “cartoon” type of representation of proteins?

Proteins are typically represented in a cartoon form, with β sheets as arrows and α helices as coils: I'm wondering, is there somewhere a reference that describes the construction of this ...
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Why does iteratively solving the Hartree-Fock equations result in convergence?

In the Hartree-Fock self-consistent field method of solving the time-independent electronic Schroedinger equation, we seek to minimize the ground state energy, $E_{0}$, of a system of electrons in an ...
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Are open-source codes available to study protein folding?

I would like to test the influence of solvation parameters in implicit solvation models and wonder which codes are freely available as standalone programs for protein folding of small proteins, and ...
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Can quantum methods be applied to the protein-ligand docking problem?

In the problem of protein-ligand docking, most of the time people are happy if they can just predict the final conformation the ligand adopts into the protein's binding pocket. Most of the time one ...
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What is the difference between ECPs and ADF frozen cores?

As the title suggests, what are the differences between the frozen core approximation as implemented by Amsterdam Density Functional and effective core potentials (ECPs)?
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How does Gaussian 09 handle 'Frozen Core Approximations' and how does it compare to CFour handling?

Background I'm currently working with two quantum software packages: Gaussian 09 and CFour. CFour does a very good job giving explicit control over how you want to invoke frozen core approximations ...
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Enumeration of graphs deriving from Delaunay tessellations in 3D

Is there an algorithm that enumerates the graphs that correspond to some Delaunay tessellation of points in 3D? If so, is there an efficient parameterization of geometries that correspond to any "...
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What open source tools are available to visualize molecular vibrations?

I would like to visualize a molecular vibration that is not a normal mode. I'd like to present a static, vectorial representation of the motion, and I would like some flexibility in the vector style (...
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Where can I find a database of simple chemical structures in XYZ format?

As from Title. Where can I find a database of simple chemical structures in XYZ format, possibly with a simple CAS -> XYZ or InChi -> XYZ REST service ?
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Pauli repulsion contribution in electronic structure computations

I am looking for a method to estimate the contribution from Pauli repulsion to the interaction energy of a molecular dimer in an electronic structure computation (e.g. with Density Functional Theory). ...
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How does one determine the point group of a molecule?

You've managed to finally find out how the atoms are spatially arranged on your newly-discovered molecular entity. Through, say, spectroscopic means, you are now in possession of a bunch of atom ...
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How is B3LYP implemented in Gaussin 0*, GAMESS-US, Molpro, … etc?

Specifically I want to extend work involving B3LYP started with Gaussian 03 but continued with GAMESS-US. The energies provided by the default B3LYP methods are not the same. There is a discussion ...
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Differences between Gaussian and Slater functions on the quality of the results?

Given two computational programs, one using a Gaussian basis, and the other using Slater basis, what are the practical differences, advantages and disadvantages for each choice ?
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What does it mean for a basis set to be “correlation consistent” ?

Some basis sets are said to be "correlation consistent". What does it mean in practice ?
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How to choose a basis set for ab-initio evaluations ?

How do I pick a basis set for an ab-initio Hartree-Fock evaluation ? In other words, what are the important characteristics of a basis set so that a proper choice can be made ?
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What is counterpoise correction?

What is counterpoise correction exactly ? Can you explain when it is needed and why ?
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Is Hartree-Fock always a good approximation for molecular geometries and no bond breaking ?

Are there cases where Hartree-Fock is not a good approximation to compute equilibrium geometry when the molecule is in a non bond-breaking condition?
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What is the difference between Coupled Cluster SD and SD(T)?

Can you explain the difference between these two computational methods ?