This course explores atomistic structure, spectroscopy and electronic states by probing energy levels while emphasizing bonding and structure-property relationships in inorganic coordination complexes. Moreover, our class introduces students to the world of symmetry and presents group theory as powerful tool for understanding spectroscopy and predicting bonding as well as structure. Underpinning our discussions are Lewis Dot, VSEPR, Valence Bond, Molecular Orbital, Crystal Field and Ligand Field Theories. These conceptual models provide CHEM461 students with a fundamental basis for discussing the shape of inorganic species, orbitals involved in bonding, electronic states as well as bond strength and bond length. CHEM461 serves a pedagogical platform for understanding reactivity across the periodic table while addressing frontier orbitals and substitution mechanisms responsible for the formation of inorganic molecules. Prerequisites: CHEM111A or CHEM105 required and CHEM112A or CHEM 106 recommended or with permission of instructor.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; AR NSM; AS NSM