Teaching with Q-Chem
Using Q-Chem can enhance students' learning experience. Calculations and visualizations can be used to illustrate basic and advanced concepts in quantum mechanics, molecular structure, chemical bonding, and spectroscopy.
The first step is to download IQmol, a free graphic interface that handles building molecules, setting up calculations, visualization of the results, local and remote job submission. Windows, Mac, and Linux versions are available from www.iqmol.org. Every student can install a fully functional version of IQmol on his/her laptop for free.
Once IQmol is installed, instructors have two options of using Q-Chem in classes:
1. Use IQmol and Q-Chem server.
Short jobs can be submitted through IQmol to the Q-Chem server. This is a default configuration of IQmol. This is a free option. It is recommended for low-volume use of Q-Chem (e.g., simple illustrative calculations, jobs shorter than 5 min, class sizes 25 students or less).
2. Use existing Q-Chem license or purchase a new Q-Chem license.
For a larger volume of calculations and for more advanced projects, we recommend that you use a dedicated computational resource such as a local cluster or a university computing center. Of course, Q-Chem can also be installed on instructor's and students' laptops.
Using dedicated local computational resource requires purchasing a Q-Chem license (check with your department or HPCC if you already have one). One installation of Q-Chem on an adequate machine is sufficient for serving the entire class. IQmol can be configured to submit jobs to any machine on which you have an account.
Getting started with IQmol
Online presentations (can be used for classroom presentation or for independent study at home):
IQmol Server Setup and Job Submission:
IQmol - Intro-I (Recommended for everyone)
IQmol Troubleshooting (Advanced)
GROUP 1: EQUILIBRIUM STRUCTURES AND TRANSITION STATES, MOLECULAR VIBRATIONS, CALCULATION OF REACTION ENERGIES, ISOMERS, VIBRATIONAL AND NMR SPECTRA
GROUP 2: MOLECULAR ORBITAL THEORY
GROUP 3: ELECTRONICALLY EXCITED STATES
GROUP 4: ADVANCED MOLECULAR ORBITAL THEORY AND BONDING CONCEPTS
Quantum Chemistry of Electronically-Excited and Open-Shell Species, presented by Prof. Anna Krylov
Basic and advanced features of IQmol
Q-Chem Forum: Join other users and our developers on the Q-Chem forum to discuss any issues you are having with Q-Chem as well as to have your questions answered.
Q-Chem Manual: Everything you need to know about Q-Chem. Includes theoretical background and examples of sample jobs
Q-Chem YouTube Channel: Collection of webinars on basic and advanced topics (can be used as guest lectures in the class)