# [texhax] Chemistry molecular structures

Steve Peter speter at dandy.net
Mon Mar 1 22:07:46 CET 2004

On Monday, Mar 1, 2004, at 11:48 America/New_York, John Simmie wrote:

> Note that nonsensical structures can be drawn with this package
> for example the structure headed \naphdrv[ob]
> has a pentavalent carbon atom ... even first year students shouldn't
> be making
> a mistake like this!

And Emacs allows me to write nonsensical words and sentences (or even
to write run-on sentences without punctuation).

> all the ones that I have seen do not have sufficient intelligence and
> the
> requisite power to do chemical structures properly

Should not the students have sufficient intelligence to get the
structures right? (And yes, I do believe that spelling checkers and
various "features" of certain word processors *have* hurt students'
ability to write well.)

Steve