Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


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.

  4. Symmetry
      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;
      Selection rules.

  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.

Recommended Text:

  -  Shriver, Atkins & Langford, Inorganic Chemistry, (1993, 2 ed.) Oxford University Press.

Supplementary Reading:

  -  Cotton F.A. & Wilkinson G., Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, (5 ed.) Interscience.
  -  Butler & Harrod, Inorganic Chemistry, Principles and Applications, (1989) Benjamin/Cummings.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 No 15%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 85%

LECTURER/S Ulrich Baisch
Liana Vella Zarb

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