Space-Filling Models

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After completing the quiz, read and follow the steps below:

  1. Read Lesson 39 in the textbook (pages 200-202).  Use a paper copy of the text or try logging in to the digital textbook (instructions at the bottom of this post).
  2. Write the definition for Space-Filling Model in your Chapter 7 Notes.  The definition is in the glossary (page G-20).
  3. Write a short summary of what you think are the most important things to remember from what you read in Lesson 39.
  4. Use MolView, a free molecular modeling software program available online, to search for the molecules shown in Lesson 39.  To begin, type methyl octanoate into the search bar to see the structure.
  5. Rotate the ball-and-stick model around by clicking and dragging the molecule.
  6. Use the Models > Representations menu and select the van der Waals Spheres option.  How does the ball-and-stick model compare with the van der Waals Spheres model?
  7. Repeat the process with the other molecules shown in Lesson 39.
  8. Research the name of the molecule responsible for your own favorite smell.  Can you find it in MolView?


  • Read Lesson 39 in the textbook.  Login via and enter your username and password.
  • Write notes for Lesson 39 and work through the practice problems at the end of Lesson 39.
  • Please ask questions about anything from Lesson 39 you do not yet fully understand.

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