J.C. REVY, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY J.C. REVY, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Molecular computer graphics image of saccharose, a sugar. The atomic "backbone" of the structure is represented in stick forms, with coloured spheres representing the influence of Van der Waals forces & thus the relative sizes of each atom. Van der Waals interactions are short-range forces between neutral atoms or molecules. Such short- range forces account for one class of weak chemical bond.
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