Noisy molecules

I met with Lee Tremblay today and we had a great conversation about how to make the molecules do more of the proper physics. One thing turned out to be really easy to add — adding heat into the mix. I just stuck in the code while he and I were talking.

I added my noise function to simulate the way the atoms of molecules jitter due to thermal energy. This matters because atoms that are jittering are more likely to end up in different configurations. That’s one reason you heat things up when you’re trying to get chemicals to react with each other.

Besides, when you make them jitter, the molecules look really great. :-)


You can see the springy molecules with a fancy new temperature control knob by clicking here.

One Response to “Noisy molecules”

  1. Lee says:

    I like the ‘temperature’ control bar!

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