2017 Exercise in Inorganic Chemistry II

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Kawaguchi Hiroyuki  Ishida Yutaka  Tamaki Yusuke  Sekine Akiko 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on fundamental principles and theories, including symmetry, point group, group theory, molecular orbitals, crystal field theory, and ligand field theory. This provides students with a introdcution to the field of inorganic chemistry.
The aim of this course is to provide a way of analyzing geometries, electronic structures, and spectroscopic data of inoganic compounds and metal complexes on the basis of group theory and moleculr orbital theory.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the relation between molecular geometrries and valence electrons.
2) Explain the geometry and electronic structure of metal complexes.
3) Explain electronic spectra and molecular vibrations in metal complexes.


point group, group theory, crystal field theory, ligand field theory, Wade's rule, Tanabe-Sugano's diagram

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class provides an outline of basic concepts and then give students excercise problems related to the topic covered there on that day. Stuendts are required to leran outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes under the instructor's guidance.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Wade's rule, effective atomic number rule Explain the geometry and bonding of electron deficient compounds.
Class 2 Symmetry and point group (1) - structure and symmetry Expalin a way of assigning the molecules to their point groups.
Class 3 Symmetry and point group (2) - molecular vibrations Explain how to determine the modes of vibration of metal complexes.
Class 4 Structures and bonding of metal complexes (1) - crystal field theory, ligand field theory Explain the spilit in metal d-orbital enegies due to thr interaction between the metal and ligands.
Class 5 Structures and bonding of metal complexes (2) - geometry Explain the geometry of metal complexes in terms of the electronic energy levels of the frontier orbitals.
Class 6 Electronic spectra of metal complexes (1)-microstate, term symbol Explain how to determine microstates and term symbols for free-ions.
Class 7 Electronic spectra of metal complexes (2)-correlation diagram Explain the correlation diagrams for a metal ion in weak and strong ligand fields.
Class 8 Electronic spectra of metal complexes (3)-Tanabe-Sugano diagram Explain electronic spectra of metal complexes by using the Tanabe-Sugano diagram.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

1) Shriver and Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry
2) Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of basic topics of inorganic chemistry covered in the course will be assessed by quizzes and reports.

Related courses

  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM.B301 : Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CHM.B203 : Exercise in Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B205 : Laboratory Course in Basic Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B305 : Laboratory Course in Advanced Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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