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Course Meetings and Time
This course uses molecular orbital theory to explain the electronic structure and reactivity of inorganic complexes. Topics include symmetry and its applications to bonding and spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy of transition-metal complexes, mechanisms of substitution and redox processes, organometallic and multinuclear NMR.
I do not require a formal text but George Stanley's organometallic chemistry 'book' on VIPEr is made available to students (the link is found below).
This course has a [W] designation which means students must do a minimum of 20 pages of process writing. The specfic project is detailed in the syllabus.
In keeping with the chemistry department student learning goals, this course will 1) contribute to the student’s general knowledge of chemistry with a particular emphasis on modern inorganic concepts, 2) enhance the student’s ability to apply new knowledge to solve problems, 3) teach students to read current chemical literature with a critical eye and 4) guide them through the process of reviewing a research topic, developing a research proposal based on that topic and presenting that proposal in written form.
Final exam 18%
Lit discussions 10%
Problem sets 6%