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CH20175: Inorganic chemistry 4 for visiting students

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • EXAM (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take CH20147 OR take CH20148
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an introduction to selected aspects of main group chemistry with particular reference to the heavier p-block elements. To provide a basic knowledge of advanced methods for structure determination.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying this unit, students should be able to:
* Describe the properties and factors effecting stability and reactivity of heavy p-block containing compounds;
* Understand the fundamental chemistry of metal compounds containing metal-carbon σ- and π-bonds;
* Interpret and make calculations based on simple X-ray diffraction pattern.

Numeracy (F, A); Problem solving (T, F, A); Oral communication (F).

The nature and properties of selected p-block element containing compounds (Interhalogen complexes, cationic/anionic halogen and chalcogen systems). Chemistry of the noble gases. The role of d-orbitals in main group element bonding (3-centre 4-electron bonding vs d-orbital participation). P-block ring systems (BN, SN, SeN and PN).
Classification of organometallics, general aspects of stability structure and bonding The history, synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity of main group organometallics (e.g. organolithiums, organomagnesiums and organoaluminiums). The application of selected of main group organometallic compounds. Transition metal organometallics - nomenclature, electron counting. Metal carbon σ- and π bonding.
Overview of X-ray generation and use of filters. Crystal classes, lattices and unit cells. Bragg's Law. Uses of powder diffraction.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH20175 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFT01 : Undergraduate visiting/exchange students - credit only

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
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