Specific Course Information
Course Meetings and Time
Descriptive chemistry of the main group elements with some emphasis on the non-metals. Transition metal compounds: aspects of bonding, spectra, and reactivity; complexes of n-acceptor ligands; organometallic compounds and their role in catalysis; metals in biological systems; preparative, analytical, and instrumental techniques.
- As a consequence of coverage of the topics listed in the general outline, you will have attained knowledge of all of them and be able to speak about the aspects of the chemistry within each topic.
- You will understand symmetry and how to derive point groups.
- You will learn about super acids and the chemistry of hydrogen.
- The theory of NMR is also covered in this course. What causes splitting in a spectrum and how to interpret the data is essential knowledge for this section.
- The chemistry of the main group elements and the alkali and alkali earths will be discussed with emphasis on industrial applications. You will need to remember the details of these.
- Crystal field theory deals with the imagined splitting of the d–orbitals which give rise to the colors of transition metal complexes. You will learn how to generate these given the geometry of a molecule.
- You will learn about the chemistry of the first-row transition elements and, time permitting, we will investigate ligand chemistry and the special topics listed above.
- You need to be able to recall all of the chemistry described together with the applicable mechanistic details to do the exams.
- Please note that a detailed listing of the topics listed about is given at the end of this syllabus.