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CH266 - Symmetry & Group Theory in Chemistry

  • Module code: CH266
  • Module name: Symmetry & Group Theory in Chemistry
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide an introduction into symmetry and group theory and its role in structure, bonding and reactivity.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Recognize symmetry elements in a molecule; State the point group a molecule belongs to; Understand degenerate and non-degenerate representations; Combine matrices and set up matrix for transformations; Carry out linear combinations of orbitals to form molecular orbitals; Apply this to polyatomic systems (e.g. square planar, octahedral)Be familiar with Morse potential energy curves, P/R branches in rotational spectroscopy; Find symmetry species of normal modes of vibrations; Deduce which modes are IR/Raman active; Have a firm grasp ???*, n??* transitions, Jablonski diagrams; Understand the role of symmetry in electronic spectroscopy, selection rules; Apply orbital symmetry to chemical reactionsThis module will develop skills in numeracy and problem solving. The students should develop the ability to apply their knowledge to problems related to those covered in the lectures. The subject specific skill is the acquisition of a theoretical framework which underlies much of spectroscopy.

Timetabled teaching activities

5 weeks, 17 contact hours (lectures - 3hrs a week, 2 tutorials). 58 hrs self study.

Departmental link

go.warwick.ac.uk/CH266

Other essential notes

Pre-requisites: CH160, CH162, CH267

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: CH266-7.5)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) Variants (F101) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) (F107) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Industrial Training (F108) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F121) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) Variants (F122) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F125) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F126) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry(with Intercalated Year) (F127) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training (F128) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry and Business Studies (FN11) - Year 2
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (F1N1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (with Intercalated Year) (F1N2) - Year 2