External repeat only possible if lab module is already passed.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Calculate lattice parameter, distances between ions, packing density and gravimetric density of ionic solids
- Assign symmetry elements and point groups to molecules and ions
- Explain aspects of the structure of hydrogenic atoms, including quantum numbers, electron spin, aufbau principles, electronic structure, shielding and penetration
- Construct molecular orbital energy level diagrams for homo- and heterodiatomic molecules
- Describe the ionic chemistry of groups 1 and 2
- Use Lewis structures and VSEPR to explain bonding, geometry and shapes in molecules and ions
- Draw radial and angular wavefunctions, and boundary surface diagrams to describe the shapes of atomic orbitals
- Explain lattice structures in terms of packing, ionic bonding and energetics, and draw metallic and ionic-derived structures
Subject Specific Practical Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Meet the learning outcomes of a co-requisite practical module.
AO/MO theory: Hydrogenic atoms, quantum numbers and atomic orbitals; Radial and angular wavefunctions and the shapes of atomic orbitals; Electron spin, aufbau principles, electronic structure, shielding/penetration and the Periodic Table; Linear combinations of atomic orbitals;
Molecular orbital theory, boundary surface diagrams, sp-mixing and energy level diagrams of homo- and heterodiatomic molecules;
Shape and symmetry of molecules; Lewis structures of polyatomic molecules and ions, including formal charges and resonance structure.
VSEPR, geometry and shape of molecules and ions; Molecular symmetry elements and operations; Introduction to point groups and symmetry classification.
Ionic chemistry and lattice structures: Ionic bonding model; Description of lattices – lattice points, the unit cell, crystal systems, Bravais lattices; Hexagonal and cubic close packing including stacking arrangements, packing density, interstitial holes; metal structures;Simple ionic-derived structures e.g. CsCl, NaCl, ZnS (x 2), NiAs, TiO2, and calculation of their densities and lattice parameters; Energetics of lattices, and the determination of lattice enthalpy using Born Haber cycles and the Born-Mayer equation; Ionic chemistry of the Group 1 and 2 elements.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, problem classes, small group tutorials and laboratory sessions.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||10|
|Wider reading or practice||20|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
C. E. Housecroft and A. G. Sharpe (2018). Inorganic chemistry.
Final exam, tutorials and laboratory marks. The latter are accumulated under the co-requisite lab module.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Mid-term test
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External