App of the Week: Molecules

 

Today I will be discussing a science app called molecules.  This app is exactly as the names states, it is a 3-D diagram of different molecules.   With the touch of your finger you control, interact with and move the 3-D molecules on the screen.  You can zoom in and out by ‘pinching’ around the image. You can easily manipulate the angle and size of the molecule simply by using your fingers.

Another neat feature is that you can go into the Data Bank and download additional molecules and their 3 dimensional structures to continue learning about various molecular structures.  You also have access to in depth information ranging from the amino acid or nucleotide sequence to the researchers who have studied and established the molecules structure.  You can select from several visualization.   Another feature with the iPad version of the app is the ability to drag new molecular structures directly to your device via iTunes.  Just go to the Applications tab, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the icon for Molecules.