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Old 08-29-2003, 04:04 AM
Joćo Antonio
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> It was all Sylvia Eliasoff's fault. This woman--my high school chem
teacher (
used
bonding.".

In another thread I began an explanation about chelating heavy metals
talking
about Pearson's hard and soft acids.

It ain't but "it's in the bonding" - I know.

But how one would approach such explanations *without* going into MO
calculations, defining HOMO, LUMO, &c then calculating polarisabilities
and orbital overlaps?

I still can't see Chemistry drifting away from medieval concepts of
"affinity".
They work (yes they *do* work *extremely well*) but the maths involved are
*so* complicated that it's not possible to blame one calling Occam's razor
(is that right?), kicking quantics away and sticking to affinity
(or "it's in the bonding"...)

You see, I am not advocating neither, just bringing up what I think is a
pertinent question.


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Old 08-29-2003, 12:05 PM
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Dear J,
She could have said:
"That is too advanced for this course, and I will give you references."
best
penny


Telling me that--I might have become a chemist! ( Intrigueing depth, more to
learn, connection with math...)
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Old 08-29-2003, 03:15 PM
Joćo Antonio
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All of this may be exciting, but is it useful?

You see, a chemist cannot work everytime with such
level of details...

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Old 08-30-2003, 01:11 PM
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"Joćo Antonio" <[Only registered users see links. ].br> wrote in message
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That much detail isn't needed in every case, but you should have the tools
available, and know when to use them. A very good chemist I knew (he has
since passed away) said that rules of thumb are enough for a technician, but
a scientist needs to be able to go beyond them.

references."
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