Posted by: Mark Foreman | February 15, 2012

benzene and the radio aerial

Dear Reader,

Some of you might wonder why I wrote about a radio aerial in a blog which is largely devoted to the teaching of organic chemistry. The reason is that the pi molecular orbitals of benzene do look very similar to the current distributions on the loop aerial.

One of the things which Barry Tyler (Physics teacher) in England taught me was that I should look for the way that one subject touches another. Hess’s law appears in chemistry but the idea does also pop up in physics as well.

For those of you who want to see a collection of delta loops here in their glory, go to prowhip.


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