logo.gif (3296 bytes)Introduction to Protein Structure

van der Walls Interactions

One way to think about covalent molecules is to consider them  as a collection of nuclei surrounded by a "cloud" of electrons.

This is illustrated here:

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wpe2B.jpg (1900 bytes) molecule

wpe2C.jpg (1878 bytes) molecule with dipole

wpe2D.jpg (1263 bytes)van der Walls interaction

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