Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Tue, 10/06/2020 - 12:15

An interesting discussion took place on the Discord last week (not on Discord - learn more here). The conversation was about Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analysis and it mostly involved Anthony Fernandez, Lori Watson and Adam Johnson. But towards the end of that discussion, Kyle Grice jumped in with a great link to a site describing NBO. Although I wasn't that interested in learning more about NBO at that very moment, Kyle's link certainly found its way into my bookmarks.

This got me thinking. I am sure the entire community has a wealth of awesome sites (beyond this one) that they have bookmarked as go to sites on particular topics. There is such a thing as a Web Resources and Apps Learning Object on VIPEr and yes, it can be as simple as just entering a webpage and providing a few little nuggets of info. While I encourage everyone to create some of their favorites, I realize that there is a little barrier to doing this.

In my infinite stupidity I offer the following. I am going to share a few of my favorite sites below. If you have some to share, please leave a comment with them. I'll make them into LOs for the site with you as the primary author (but you have to let me be co-author so it looks like this dead wood is doing something). Later this fall, I will make a collection of any of these that we make. If you do create the LO on your own, great, please post that in the comments.

So, here are some of my favorites (and yes, some of these are already on VIPEr):

Symmetry Resources at Otterbein University: A classic! If you don't use it, you should. Learn more about it on 10/26 at SLiThEr #11

Character Tables: This site will reduce reducible representations for you.

31P NMR Shifts: I love 31P NMR

How to do CV: A great resource on cyclic voltammetry

SambVca: For calculating percent volume buried

The Organometallic HyperTextBook: Great free resource with some online feedback 

The Sheffield ChemPuter: Not perfect, but can be useful for some simple information

Web Geneaolgy: Track your academic roots

Ged Parkin's Group: Great resource on all things CBC

Those are some of my favorites, what are yours?


Sheila Smith / University of Michigan- Dearborn

The Orbitron has to make your list or at least my list!

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 21:34 Permalink
Taylor Haynes / California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo

I just recently found the following J Chem Ed publication for easy to use character tables:

The really nice thing here is the spreadsheet available as supporting information.  The tables are well formatted and easy to copy into word/powerpoint documents!  Insanely helpful if you are including tables on quizzes/exams or lectures!

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 14:42 Permalink