5.111SC | Fall 2014 | Undergraduate

Principles of Chemical Science

Unit IV: Transition Metals & Oxidation-Reduction Reactions

Lecture 28: Transition Metals: Crystal Field Theory Part I

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  1. Introduction to Crystal Field Theory
  2. Crystal Field Theory: Octahedral Case
  3. Spectrochemical Series: the Ligand to the Metal Matters

Lecture Video

Crystal field theory was developed to explain the special features of transition metal complexes, including their beautiful colors and their magnetic properties. In part I of this topic, we consider d-block coordination complexes that have octahedral geometry, and see whether we can change the color of a paper flower dipped in an octahedral cobalt chloride complex just by adding water.

Lecture Notes

Notes for Lecture 28 (PDF)

Clicker Questions

Lecture 28 Clicker Questions (PDF)

Textbook Reading

The Electronic Structures of Complexes Sections 16.8–16.11 Sections 16.8–16.11

Problems and Solutions

Problems for Lecture 28 (PDF)

Solutions for Lecture 28 (PDF)

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