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link to content using earlier versions of the software.

The below content was developed using Instructor's edition of Odyssey version 4 or 5.

link for a comparsion to the different levels of content in the software: introductory; high school; AP, college.

caveat: A superficial examination of the preceding link shows that there are some simulations in the high school level that is absent in the college level, i.e. do not assume that the college level contains the same content as the high school level plus additional content.

user guide is on the school's server: Windows icon --> all programs --> student menu (or staff menu) --> odyssey

student primer (read at least the first 2 pages); teacher primer; still another primer ; support

email exchange excerpts to software vendor technical support




dipole moment_nonpolar cpd

student access to odyssey software (requires on-campus computer): for a PC: Windows icon → All programs → student menu → science applications → Odyssey.

covalent compounds

dynamic nature of covalent molecules using ethanol as a model molecule (*.odylab): (i) space-filling versus ball & stick model, (ii) molelcular motions: vibrational, rotational, & translational, (iii) temperature & molecular motion, (iv) molecular motion & physical state, (v) polarity map (i.e. electrostatic potential map); V4

dynamic molecule

Ionic compounds

3-dimensional structure of select ionic compounds (*.odylab; ~ 200 kB): ionic compounds containing (i) monoatomic ions and (ii) polyatomic ions. V4

ionic compound

Biochem - amino acids & proteins

introduction to amino acids & proteins (*.odylab; ~ 910 kB): (i) amino acid structure, (ii) peptide bond, (iii) protein structure, and (iv) relative size of amino acid, protein, and water; V4


Intermolecular force

bond & molecular polarity (*.odylab; ~ 150 kB): (i) charge and (ii) polarity map (i.e. electrostatic potential map) of simple diatomic molecules. V4






bond molecular polarity

molecular polarity(*.odylab; ~ 158 kB): (i) charge, (ii) polarity map of multi-atom (i.e. 3 - 5 atoms) molecules. For a more complex molecule, see e.g. the preceding covalent compound activity using ethanol. V4

molecular dipole moment

dipole-dipole & London IMF (*.odylab; ~ 433 kB): (i) dipole-dipole IMF, (ii) relative dipole-dipole IMF based on molecule's dipole moment and its relationship to the molecules' boiling point. V4



probe dipole dipole forces

hydrogen bonding IMF (*.odylab; ~ 265 kB): (i) various polar compounds, (ii) hydration shell, and (iii) various biomolecules. V4

hydrogen bonding

vaporization (*.odylab; ~ 159 kB): (i) gas versus liquid molecular motion, (ii) evaporation versus condensation, (iii) effect of temperature. V4


London IMF (*.swf; ~ 25 MB; not Odyssey based simulation; requires shockwave plugin). view parts 1 & 2 of animation; assignment: . to "pause" the animation, right-click --> deselect "play"; to resume, select "play". article; supporting info

London IMF


thermodynamics (under development)

internal energy (*.odylab; ~ 291 KB) 1st law of thermodynamics (*.odylab; ~ 222 KB; incomplete) entropy


pressure (*.odylab; ~ 212 kB) V5    

relate (i) temperature vs. pressure and (ii) temperature vs. speed - as a function of a gas' molar mass. (*.odylab; ~ 184 kB) V4

pressure temperature relationship

gas collision (*.odylab; ~ 166 kB; under development): estimate mean free time & length of the mean free path as a function of temperature, # gas molecules, & volume. V4

gas collisions

kinetic theory of gas (*.odylab; ~ 184 kB): effect of molecule's mass & system's temperature on KE & speed. V4


gas speed histogram


reaction mechanism. (*.odylab; ~ 215 KB) based on careful observations of the simulation, deduce the reaction mechanism. V5

reaction mechanism

by varying the orientation of a molecule, determine the proper orientation upon collision for a reaction to happen. (*.odylab; ~ 242 KB) V5


collision orientation

reaction energy profile of a multi-step reaction mechanism.(*.odylab; ~ 2.4 MB) V5



reaction energy profile