Outline of steps to create a chemical structure presentation for teaching.
This overview is designed for those who have been introduced to the steps below in a workshop
(see list at www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/softhelp.htm ).
Eric Martz (3/98, revised 10/98)
  1. Decide on molecules and structural aspects you wish to illustrate.

  2. Search the web to see what is already available.
    World index www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/tutbymol.htm
    Use a general web searcher www.altavista.digital.com
    For configurational changes, consider MAGE www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/mage.htm

  3. Obtain PDB files for molecules.

  4. *Using RasMol, create desired views, saving scripts.*
    What can you learn about a molecule with RasMol?
    More RasMol Tutorials: www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/rastut.htm
    RasMol Reference Manual: www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/distrib/rasman.htm
    Saving scripts: www.umass.edu/microbio/chime/prsswc/prssft.htm

  5. Either:

    Create master scripts (and a supermaster script) for RasMol,


    Install your scripts into the web-deliverable Chime template.

  6. Take your presentation to your class!

*This is the most technically challenging step, and requires the most learning (how to use RasMol). Techniques involved in the remaining steps are relatively easy.

Questions? Ask your TA's and the workshop participant group via the EdMolVis email list! www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/emvlist.htm