Conformational Energy Terms

describes the covalent bond energy where the sum is carried out over all covalent bonds in the molecular structure selected by the constraints interaction statement; is the actual bond length, is energy constants, and is equilibrium constants specified by parameter statements (Section 3.2.1).

The term

The angle between two planes,
the first being defined through atoms i,j,k and the second
through atoms j,k,l, is defined as a torsion angle where the
atoms i,j,k,l are specified by the dihedral and improper statements
(Section 3.1.1).
The terms

describe the dihedral and improper energy terms. The sums are carried out over all dihedral or improper angles in the molecular structure selected by the constraints interaction statement; is the actual torsion angle, are energy constants, are periodicities, are multiplicities, and are phase shifts (Section 3.2.1). Note that the definition of dihedral and improper angles is identical. However, X-PLOR maintains two separate topology and parameter lists for dihedral and improper angles. Historically, improper angles are mostly used with to maintain planarity or chirality, whereas dihedral angles are used with to describe multi-minimum torsion potentials.

The specification of multiple dihedral or torsion angles with allows one to carry out a cosine expansion of a torsion potential for a particular instance involving four atoms or four atom types. Multiple dihedral angles and improper angles have to be indicated by using the MULTiple option both in the definition of the molecule's topology (Section 3.1.1) and in the specification of the corresponding parameter (Section 3.2.1). Internally, X-PLOR stores multiple dihedral or improper angles as multiple instances of the same combination of atoms or atom types.