5.111SC | Fall 2014 | Undergraduate

Principles of Chemical Science

Unit IV: Transition Metals & Oxidation-Reduction Reactions

Lecture 29: Transition Metals: Crystal Field Theory Part II

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  1. Spectrochemical Series: Geometry Makes a Difference
  2. Crystal Field Theory: Tetrahedral Case
  3. Crystal Field Theory: Square Planar Case
  4. Other Geometries and Applications

Lecture Video

This lecture starts with a challenge: can you correctly predict the color of a transition metal complex based on its ligands and its geometry? The theory is put to the test with a demo using nickel compounds. We also try to predict the geometry of an unknown nickel site on an enzyme based on its magnetic properties. See if you are up to the challenge.

Lecture Notes

Notes for Lecture 29 (PDF)

Clicker Questions

Lecture 29 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 29 (PDF)

Solutions for Lecture 29 (PDF)

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