[Chimera-users] scan and minimization of dihedral angle

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Sun Aug 24 11:32:39 PDT 2014

Hi Milo,
You can script most of it with Chimera commands:

activate torsion (do that part just once), increment torsion with “rotation”:

select atoms to be frozen (or not) in minimization with “select":

“minimize” command:

That would still entail saving the Reply Log and editing it yourself.  For saving log contents, these previous posts may be useful:

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Aug 24, 2014, at 8:11 AM, Milo Westler <milo at nmrfam.wisc.edu> wrote:

> Hi,
>   I want to to a potential energy scan of a dihedral (of a small organic molecule) by setting a dihedral angle, fixing those atoms involved, and doing a minimization. Then incrementing the angle and repeating. I can currently do all of this by using the gui (set torsion angle in build_structure,minimize with selected atoms fixed , then save and edit the final energies for each angle in reply log). I'm sure that this can be done with python. I am wondering if there is an available script to do this all.  As input I would have a set of torsion angles and as output I would like a table of angle and energy.
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