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CHEM 364 Inorganic Chemistry: Bonding Theories (.5)

The course begins with an introduction to symmetry and group theory. The remainder of the course includes an in-depth study of several theories of covalent bonding: valence shell electron pair repulsion theory, valence bond theory, molecular orbital theory, and ligand field theory. Applications will complement theory. For example, photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy can be used to predict molecular orbital diagrams and uncover details of the metal-ligand bonds. Topics in solid state chemistry will also be covered, including ionic and metallic bonding, band theory and conductivity.

Prerequisite: CHEM 363;

Corequisite: CHEM 322 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Holman