Dispersion Forces: Neither Fluctuating Nor Dispersing

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Abstract

Dispersion forces are ubiquitous in chemistry, yet they are often misunderstood. This article provides background into why they are called dispersion forces and explains how to describe them in terms of time-independent quantum mechanics. The article also describes the breakdown of the multipole series that is often used to describe dispersion forces, and it comments on the representation of dispersion forces in molecular mechanics. In general, the article tries to provide a proper framework for understanding and describing dispersion forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1671-1675
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume96
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2019

Keywords

  • Graduate Education/Research
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Noncovalent Interactions
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Upper-Division Undergraduate

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