This course is designed to develop an understanding of spectroscopy and its application in the elucidation of the structures of chemical compounds. This will include aspects of infrared spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy , mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography. The course also provides a higher level description of the fundamentals of chemical spectroscopy and molecular symmetry, structure and bonding. It develops the ideas necessary to understand spectroscopy from a quantum mechanical perspective. It gives an introduction to molecular orbital theory and the use of symmetry in understanding molecular properties, as applied to simple chemical systems.
Honours pathway option (HPO):
Entry to this option is subject to the approval of the course convener. Students who take this option will undertake 6-8 lectures at a more advanced level in place of 6-8 lectures/tutorials/lab. It is expected that all students in the PhB (Hons) or direct entry Honours degree programs enrolled in this course will complete the HPO.
Proposed Assessment Honours Pathway Option: The standard course will count 90% towards the final grade and the HPO 10%.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise the roles and limitations of various forms of spectroscopic analysis.
- Apply spectroscopic data to deduce and then articulate the structure of chemical compounds.
- Utilise spectroscopic data in order to verify the identity of compounds and to structurally characterize unknown compounds.
- Recognise symmetry operations and their use in determining the point group of a molecule.
- Construct qualitative molecular orbital diagrams for simple diatomic and triatomic molecules.
- Understand, predict and interpret rotational, vibrational and electronic spectra of molecules.
Assessment will be based on:
• Mid-semester exam (35%; LO 1-3)
• Assignments (10%; LO 1-6)
• Final exam (55%; LO 4-6)
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65 hours of lectures, tutorials and dry lab/problem solving sessions and a further 65 hours of independent learning.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Organic Structures from Spectra. L D Field. S Sternhell and J R Kalman.
5th edn (John Wiley and Sons. 2013)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4145||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|