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CHEM 532. Inorganic Chemistry 1

Credits: 5
Department: Chemistry
Description: Electronic structures of atoms, structure and symmetry of molecules, crystal structure of solids, molecular orbital theory, nomenclature of coordination complexes, ligand field theory, reaction mechanisms involving coordination complexes, and organometallic catalysis.
Prerequisites: CHEM 420 or CHEM 520 (C- or better)
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the relationship between the electronic structure and periodic trends.
2. Describe the structure, shape and geometry of molecules.
3. Describe the symmetry of a molecule and use group theory to predict bands in the infrared and Raman spectra.
4. Compare and contrast valence bond theory, hybridization and molecular orbital theory.
5. Describe the structure of crystalline solids and ionic lattices.
6. Name coordination complexes and describe the structure and bonding in the complex using ligand field theory.
7. Use inorganic reaction mechanism of electron transfer and ligand exchange to predict the products of reactions.
8. Use organometallic reactions to interpret and predict catalytic mechanisms.
9. Use molecular modeling software to generate bond lengths, bond angles, electrostatic potential maps, and molecular orbital diagrams.
10. Synthesize inorganic complexes and characterize them using instrumental methods.

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