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Advanced Main Group Chemistry (59-552)
Classes will be held in the Chemistry Conference Room (EH273) unless I indicate otherwise.
Thursday from 11:30 AM - 1 PM in Essex Hall room 273.
Paper and Presentation:
The paper will be due on March 30th.
Text books that may be helpful:
Group Chemistry by W. Henderson.
Chemistry by C. Housecroft and A. Sharpe.
SOFTWARE AND DATABASE SITES:
USEFUL LINKS (more will follow):
WebElements contains information about the elements in the periodic table and links that may help you in your study of Chemistry.
The Periodic Table of Videos, as the name suggests, has videos and information about the elements in the periodic table.
Symmetry and Group Theory Sites (for those of you who forgot about point groups - if you need to, you can look at the class notes from my 59-250 course):
Point Group Practice Page (if you want some models to practice figuring out point groups, come see me).
Another piece of practice software for point groups can be found at (although I don't find it overly reliable, the idea is pretty good).
A web site that lets you practice using character tables (it will calculate the irreducible representation for the reducible representations that you have determined and it usually works):
A web site with more examples using group theory and another tool for determining reducible representations:
A web site with links to various other group theory websites (not all of them work but you can take a look if you so desire):
A series of seven YouTube videos that introduce you to symmetry and group theory:
Current Suggested Reading:
I will send you or provide you with articles to read in class but you should refresh yourself on the use of point group symmetry, particularly for making MO diagrams, and you should reacquaint yourself with the common bonding models (ionic, metal, covalent (VBT and MO)).
You should also have a look at this article and perhaps some of the references contained therein:
CLASS NOTES (handed out in class for this course)