900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
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.