These Learning Objects were used in an advanced undergraduate chemistry course that used computational chemistry as an integrative tool to help students deepen their understanding of structure, bonding, and reactivity and practice their integrative expertise by addressing complex problems in the literature and in their own research. The course emphasized group theory and molecular orbital theory.
The one-semester course is taught every other year at Hope College. The students in the course are Juniors and Seniors and therefore have different amounts of previous chemistry experience. Most of the students are either planning to go to graduate school or pursue careers in chemistry. The class size is typically small (8-12) because students have options to take advanced courses in biochemistry or environmental science.
The learning goals for each object are summarized in the table.
Point Groups: Photosensitive Manganese Tricarbonyls
Point Groups: Molecular Anions and the Extended Structure of Cs5AsP4Se12
IR Spectroscopy: Predicting the structures of rhodium carbonyl clusters
Raman Spectroscopy of P-doped Sodium Silicide, Na4Si4
IR and Raman Spectroscopy of Cobalt Boronyl Tetracarbonyl, Co(BO)(CO)4
A molybdenum carbonyl group theory question
IR and Raman Spectroscopy of the Pentabromide anion
Using Computational Chemistry to discuss backbonding to CO
(The Great Backdonation Challenge)
Molecular Orbitals and the Jahn Teller Distortion of XeF3- anion