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Nocera, Daniel, 5.04 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry II, Fall 2008. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare),  (Accessed 09 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a pi accepting ligand.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a π accepting ligand. The bonding of CO to a metal has two components: σ bonding and π backbonding. (Illustration by MIT OCW.)

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This course features a full set of lecture notes.

Course Description

This course provides a systematic presentation of the chemical applications of group theory with emphasis on the formal development of the subject and its applications to the physical methods of inorganic chemical compounds. The electronic structure of molecules will be developed. Against this backdrop, the optical, vibrational, and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes are presented and their investigation by the appropriate spectroscopy is described.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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Problem Sets 25%
3 Exams (25% each) 75%

Academic Honesty

It is expected that students will maintain the highest standards of academic honesty.

With respect to homework assignments, it is expected that no student will turn in work that is not his or her own by copying the work of another student or by using the work or solutions from this course given in previous years. Discussion of approaches to solving the homework problems after attempting to work the problems independently, however, is permitted and encouraged.

It is expected that during a test or examination, a student will not:

  1. Accept or use information of any kind from other students
  2. Represent the work of another student as his or her own
  3. Use aids to memory other than those expressly permitted by the examiner. Following a test or examination, a student will not try to deceive teachers or graders by misrepresenting or altering his or her previous work. In advance of a test or exam, a student will not knowingly obtain access to the exam questions.

Departures from the above standards are contrary to fundamental principles of MIT and of the larger scientific community. Such departures are considered serious offenses for which disciplinary penalties, including suspension and expulsion, can be imposed.


1 Symmetry Elements and Operations  
2 Operator Properties and Mathematical Groups  
3 Similarity Transforms, Classes and Representations  
4 Characters and Character Tables  
5 Molecular Point Groups I  
6 Molecular Point Groups II Problem set 1 due
7 LCAO and Hückel Theory I  
8 Hückel Theory II Problem set 2 due
9 N-Dimensional Cyclic Systems  
10 From Molecular Orbitals to Bands  
11 Band Theory Problem set 3 due
12 Frontier Molecular Orbitals: σ Ligands  
  Exam 1  
13 Frontier Molecular Orbitals: π Ligands  
14 ML6 σ Complexes  
15 ML6 π Complexes  
16 Angular Overlap Method and M-L Diatomics  
17 AOM for MLn Ligand Fields Problem set 4 due
18 Spectrochemical Series (Oh) / Descent in Symmetry  
19 Multiply Bonded Metal-Ligand Complexes  
20 Sandwich Compounds Problem set 5 due
21 Bent Cp Complexes  
22 Metal-Metal Bonding: Single Bonds  
23 Metal-Metal Bonding: Quadruple Bonds Problem set 6 due
24 Spectroscopy Introduction  
25 Central Field Approximation  
  Exam 2  
26 One Electron Crystal Field Energies  
27 Many Electron States: Russell Saunders Coupling  
28 Atomic State Wave Functions and Energies  
29 Weak and Strong Field Approximations  
30 Tanabe Sugano Diagrams  
31 Electronic Selection Rules Problem set 8 due
32 Vibrational Spectroscopy and the IR  
33 Normal Coordinate Analysis Problem set 9 due
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