[gmx-users] how to calculate the conc in the genion

Mark Abraham Mark.Abraham at anu.edu.au
Thu Aug 11 16:41:46 CEST 2011

On 12/08/2011 12:37 AM, lina wrote:
> Hi,
> after using genion -conc 0.1
> certain number of Na and Cl were added in solvent.
> but when I tried to calculate back, namely, based on the number of Na
> and Cl, the number of water molecular and the box volumn,
> but seems can't come back, I mean, can't obtain the result of 0.1mol/L.
> I read the manual, "...the specified concentration as computed from
> the volume of the cell..."
> the cell? Has anyone tried to calculate the concentration back?
> ( I guess might the way I calculate was wrong? the Avogadro's Constant
> = 6.0221415 × 10^23 mol-1)

I'd be amazed if the error was in the code and not in your calculation. 
The number of water molecules doesn't matter for the calculation of the 
ion concentration, of course. Pay attention to your box shape. And do 
consider the number of ions has to be an integer, so for a given volume 
you cannot get arbitrarily close to a given concentration.


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