|TITLE||Principles of Inorganic Chemistry|
|LEVEL||01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course|
1. Introduction to modern inorganic chemistry
Planck's constant; Wave functions; Schroedinger's equation; Uncertainty principle; Quantum numbers; Atomic orbitals;
Pauli's exclusion principle; Hund's rules; Atomic orbitals; Shielding effects; Ionic radii; Ionization energies;
Electronegativity; Hardness/softness; Perturbations.
2. Molecular structures
Octet rule; Lewis structures; Valency shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR).
3. Molecular orbital theory
Molecular orbitals of Homonuclear and hetronuclear diatomic molecules.
Symmetry elements and operations; Point groups.
5. Group Theory
Matrix algebra; Definition of a symmetry point group; Matrix equivalents of symmetry operations; Group representation;
Irreversible representations; Character tables; Linear combination of atomic orbitals for water, methane and ethylene.
6. Molecular Vibrations
Degrees of freedom; Vibrations; Reducible representations; Principles of infra red and Raman spectroscopies;
7. Solid State
Structures of solids; Packing; Lattices and lattice points; Coulombic attractions; Madelung's constant; Born Mayer and
Kapustinski's equations; Born Haber cycles; Enthalpy, entropy and Gibb's equation; Rationalization of structures;
Structure of salt, Wurzite, Rutile, perovskite, nickel arsenide; Effects of enthalpy on solubility and dissociation.
8. Acid and Base reactions
Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases; Solvent levelling effects; Lewis acids and bases; Hard and soft acids and
bases; Lewis acids and bases; Oxo acids; Pauling's rules.
- Shriver, Atkins & Langford, Inorganic Chemistry, (1993, 2 ed.) Oxford University Press.
- Cotton F.A. & Wilkinson G., Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, (5 ed.) Interscience.
- Butler & Harrod, Inorganic Chemistry, Principles and Applications, (1989) Benjamin/Cummings.
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