This module aims to demonstrate the underlying importance of symmetry throughout Chemistry, with particular applications to spectroscopic selection rules and bonding in inorganic chemistry.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
A. Analyse the symmetry properties of molecules and assign molecules to their correct point groups.
B. Through application of the group theory be able to predict and relate aspects of molecular/ complex structure and bonding.
C. Critically discuss the fundamental role of molecular symmetry in determining molecular/complex properties and reactivity. Use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy.
New material will be presented in lectures and students will apply this material in structured problem sessions.