- Module code: CH266
- Module name: Symmetry & Group Theory in Chemistry
- Department: Chemistry
- Credit: 7.5
Module content and teaching
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.
Other essential notes
Pre-requisites: CH160, CH162, CH267
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|7.5 CATS (Module code: CH266-7.5)|
|B (Examination only)||Symmetry & Group Theory in Chemistry||100%|
|VA (Visiting students only)||Assessed work for visiting/exchange students||100%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F106) - Year 2
- Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Industrial Training (F108) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F126) - Year 2
- Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training (F128) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (F1N1) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (with Intercalated Year) (F1N2) - Year 2