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UCD Chem 124A: Kauzlarich


This course is the first in the three-term undergraduate inorganic chemistry sequence.  The first part of the course will consist of an introduction to the electronic structure of atoms and simple molecules, molecular geometry and structure, and elementary symmetry concepts.  In the second half, we will cover the structure of solids, acids and bases, d-metal complexes and oxidation and reduction. It is expected that the student already have a good understanding of periodic trends, VSEPR, Lewis dot, atomic orbitals, and some familiarity with valence bond theory, and molecular orbital theory. It is expected that the entire Periodic Chart be memorized for the final exam.


Basic Concepts : Atoms
Basic Concepts : Molecules
Nuclear Chemistry
Introduction to Molecular Symmetry
Bonding in polyatomic Molecules
  • Valence Bond Theory: Hybridization of Atomic Orbitals
  • Valence Bond Theory: Multiple Bonding in polyatomic molecules
  • Molecular Orbital Theory: ligand grop orbital approach (triatomic molecules)
  • Molecular Orbital Theory applied to BH3, NH3 and CH4.
  • Molecular Orbital Theory: Complications
  • Molecular Orbital Theory: Objective Aplications

Structure and Energetics of Metallic and Ionic Solits
  • Packing of Spheres
  • Packing of Elemental Atoms
  • Polymorphism in metals
  • Metallic radii
  • Melting Points and Enthalpies of Atomization
  • Alloys and intermetallic Compounds
  • Bonding in Metals and semiconductors
  • Semiconductors
  • Ion sizes
  • Ionic Lattices
  • Crystal Structures of Semiconductors
  • Lattice Energy: Electrostatic Model
  • Lattice Energy: The Born-Haber cycle
  • Lattice Energy: Experimental vs. Calculated values
  • Applications of Lattice Energies
  • Lattice Defects