advanced chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry Syllabus

Spring 2008 Quarter

1 6 Historical development of the definitions of acids and bases, Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, Lewis, Solvent System, and Frontier Orbital concepts of acids and bases, hard and soft acids/bases, measuring acid/base strengths, inductive solvent, and steric effects on acid/base strengths, strength of oxyacids,
2 6 & 9 acid/base strength in non-aqueous solvents, history and development of coordination compounds, types of ligands, IUPAC nomenclature
3 7 coordination numbers, lattice points, unit cell, closest packing, simple crystal structures
4 7 Bravais lattices, groupings of crystalline solids (metals, alloys, ionics), energetics of crystal formation, Born-Haber cycle, lattice enthalpy
5 7 band theory of solids applied to metals, semi-metals, semiconductors, and superconductors and the effect of temperature on their conductivity
9 & 10 isomerism in coordination compounds, valence bond theory, crystal field theory and ligand field theory to understand bonding in coordination compounds
6 10 molecular orbital diagrams to show sigma and pi bonding in octahedral and tetrahedral complexes, ligand flied stabilization energy of high spin-low spin complexes, spectrochemical series, Lewis pi acids and bases, magnetic susceptibility measurements
7 10 & 11 tetragonal distortions, Jahn-Teller effect, MO diagrams for square planer complexes, Correlation Diagrams, Tanabe-Sugano diagrams
8 11 Correlating Tanabe-Sugano diagrams with the electronic spectra of octahedral and tetrahedral transition metal complexes, determining octahedral splitting energy from spectra, charge transfer spectra

Winter 2008 Quarter

1 2 periodic table, structure of the atom, uncertainty principle, quantum numbers, nodes, shapes of orbitals, electron configurations, shielding, periodic trends
2 3 Lewis dot structures, resonance, formal charge, VSEPR model, electronegativity, bond and molecular polarity, hydrogen bonding
4 symmetry elements, symmetry operations
3 4 classification of molecules into point groups, matrices, matrix representation of point groups
4 4 matrix representation of point groups, character tables, reducible representation of basis sets, IR and Raman activity of vibrational modes
5   Career Week Activities
6 5 mid-term exam + molecular orbital diagrams of homonuclear diatomics
7 5 overlap of various atomic orbitals, details of MO diagrams, mixing, PES
8 5 MO diagrams of heteronuclear diatomic and polyatomic molecules
9 5 MO diagrams using hybridization of the central atom


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