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Philip E. Gill
Michael Holst

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The Mathematical Basis for Molecular van der Waals Forces

Ridgway Scott
Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Chicago

Abstract:

The electric force is the primary force in protein biology. We will clarify how the van der Waals force can be seen as an induced electric force. We derive a novel equation whose solution gives the asymptotic behavior of the London dispersion force that is one of the forces known as a van der Waals force. We discuss numerical techniques for solving equations of this type using standard finite element ideas.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
11:00AM AP&M 2402