Chemical Applications of Group Theory | Department of Chemistry

Chemical Applications of Group Theory

Symmetry operations and symmetry elements, Concepts and properties of a group, group multiplication Tables, Similarity transformation, Class, Determination of symmetry point group of molecules, Matrix representation of groups, reducible and irreducible representations, Great orthogonality theorem, Character tables, Direct Product and Spectroscopic selection rule, Molecular Vibrations, Normal coordinates, Symmetry of normal mode vibrations, Symmetry Adapted Linear Combination, Infrared and Raman active vibrations, Molecular orbitals, LCAO MO approach, HMO method, Hybrid orbitals, Free ion configuration, terms and states, splitting of levels and terms in a chemical environment, correlation diagrams, spectral and magnetic properties of the transition metal complexes.

Course outline:

  • Introduction: Importance of Group Theory in Chemistry
  • Symmetry elements and symmetry operations: Use molecular models to identify symmetry elements of different molecules. Understanding of the interrelation of different symmetry elements present in a molecule, product of symmetry operations.
  • Point Groups: Concepts and properties of a group, group multiplication Tables, Similarity transformation, Class, Determination of symmetry point group of molecules.
  • Matrix representations and Character Tables: Matrix representation of groups, reducible and irreducible representations, Great orthogonality theorem, character tables.
  • SALC, direct product, Molecular vibrations: Direct Product and Spectroscopic selection rule, Molecular Vibrations, Normal coordinates, Symmetry of normal mode vibrations, Symmetry Adapted Linear Combination, Infrared and Raman active vibrations.
  • Molecular orbital Theory, Hybrid orbitals: Molecular orbitals, LCAO MO approach, HMO method, Hybrid orbitals.
  • Terms and states, Transition metals chemistry: Free ion configuration, terms and states, splitting of levels and terms in a chemical environment, correlation diagrams, spectral and magnetic properties of the transition metal complexes.
Course Code: 
CHY212
Course Credits: 
2.00
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