A study of the chemistry of inorganic compounds, including the principles of covalent and ionic bonding, symmetry, periodic properties, metallic bonding, acid-base theories, coordination chemistry, inorganic reaction mechanisms, and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory work is required.
- Use concepts from quantum theory to explain periodic trends in atomic and chemical properties
- Use symmetry and group theory to explain the spectroscopy and reactivity of molecules and complexes
- Predict electronic structure and properties in metallic systems with reference to molecular orbital theory, crystal field theory, and ligand field theory. Apply and understand the limitations of each of these bonding models.
- Interpret kinetic or spectroscopic data in terms of metal complex structure, bonding, or reactivity
- Use coordination chemistry principles to describe the varied roles of metals in biological systems
- Apply organometallic reactions to industrially useful catalytic cycles.