The information contained in the Gaussian Z-matrix is identical to that in a MOPAC Z-matrix, but the order of presentation is different. Atom N, (real or dummy) is specified in the format:

Element N1 Length N2 Alpha N3 Beta

where Element is the same as for the MOPAC Z-matrix. N1, N2, and N3 are the connectivity, the same as the MOPAC Z-matrix NA, NB, and NC: bond lengths are between N and N1, angles are between N, N1 and N2, and dihedrals are between N, N1, N2, and N3. The same rules apply to N1, N2, and N3 as to NA, NB, and NC.

Length, Alpha, and Beta are the bond lengths, the angle, and dihedral. They can be 'real', e.g. 1.45, 109.4, 180.0, or 'symbolic'. A symbolic is an alphanumeric string of up to 8 characters, e.g. R51, A512, D5213, CH, CHO, CHOC, etc. Two or more symbolics can be the same. Dihedral symbolics can optionally be preceded by a minus sign (see Figure), in which case the value of the dihedral is the negative of the value of the symbolic. This is the equivalent of the normal MOPAC `SYMMETRY` operations 1, 2, 3, and 14.

If an internal coordinate is real, it will not be optimized. This is the equivalent of the MOPAC optimization flag "0". If an internal coordinate is symbolic, it can be optimized.

The Z-matrix is terminated by a blank line, after which comes the starting values of the symbolics, one per line. If there is a blank line in this set, then all symbolics after the blank line are considered fixed; that is, they will not be optimized. The set before the blank line will be optimized.

Figure:

- 1.
- The option of defining an atom's position by one distance and two angles is not allowed. In other words, the N4 variable described in the Gaussian manual must either be zero or not specified. MOPAC requires the geometry of atoms to be defined in terms of, at most, one distance, one angle, and one dihedral.
- 2.
- Gaussian Cartesian coordinates are not supported.
- 3.
- Chemical symbols must not be followed by an integer identifying
the atom. Numbers after a symbol are used by MOPAC to indicate
isotopic mass. If labels are desired, they should be enclosed
in parentheses, thus
`Cl(on C5)34.96885`. - 4.
- The connectivity (N1, N2, N3) must be integers. Labels are not allowed.