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CM 2009
SHAPES, PROPERTIES AND REACTIONS OF MOLECULES
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr L Trembleau

Pre-requisite(s): CM 1017 or CM 1018 and CM 1511.

Co-requisite(s): As specified in the University Calendar for certain degree programs, otherwise none.

This course investigates some key areas of inorganic chemistry - the structures and properties of continuous solids, redox chemistry and an introduction to the transition metals. Models of close packing and other simple structure types are described for solids and concepts of symmetry are introduced. Redox chemistry is developed in terms of Latimer, Frost and Ellingham diagrams and their applications in technology and industrial processes are emphasised. The key propeties of transition metal complexes - shapes, colours and magnetism are described and analysed in terms of crystal field theory. No maths beyond basic arithmetic is needed.

2 one-hour lectures per week, 2 three-hour laboratory classes per week (weeks 18-23) and 1 one-hour tutorial per fortnight.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%), continuous assessment (40%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).