Help with vibrational analysis

Submitted by Anthony L. Fernandez / Merrimack College on Wed, 09/26/2018 - 18:45

As I begin my 19th year of teaching I realize that I do not have a good grasp of group theory or how to formally use it to determine the number of IR active vibrations in a species. I am trying to come up with a good exercise for my students that could introduce them to point groups and character tables.

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Symmetry or kinetics?

Submitted by Karen McFarlane Holman / Willamette University on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:06

I teach a one-semester upper-division course where, as we all know, tough decisions need to be made.  I have always taught symmetry, but it has become apparent that our students enter their senior year weak in kinetics, so I am considering swapping out symmetry/group theory for a more advanced treatment of kinetics and mechanisms.  This pains me, because these two topics are are two of my favories.  Then again, so is everything else...

Thoughts?

Karen

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Good resource for Teaching IR with Symmetry Elements

Submitted by Marco Zimmer-De Iuliis / University of Toronto on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 15:33

Hello all,

 

I am teaching a thrid year inorganic course and want to teach some IR basic using symmetry and character tables.

 

I would like to go over generating  Reducible representations and then use the reduction formula based on the character table to get to the irreducible representation.

 

I am using Housecroft and Sharpe's Inorganic Chemistry Text book, 3rd edition and they do cover this topic a little bit, biut I was wondering if anyone knows of other more comprehensive resources with further examples and explanations.

 

Thanks.

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