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Textbook
Cotton, Frank A. Chemical Applications of Group Theory. 3rd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1990. ISBN: 9780471510949.
Grading
Grading Criteria.
ACTIVITIES 
PERCENTAGES 
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:

Accept or use information of any kind from other students

Represent the work of another student as his or her own

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.
Calendar
Course Calendar.
LEC # 
TOPICS 
KEY DATES 
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 
NDimensional 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 
ML_{6} σ Complexes 

15 
ML_{6} π Complexes 

16 
Angular Overlap Method and ML Diatomics 

17 
AOM for MLn Ligand Fields 
Problem set 4 due 
18 
Spectrochemical Series (O_{h}) / Descent in Symmetry 

19 
Multiply Bonded MetalLigand Complexes 

20 
Sandwich Compounds 
Problem set 5 due 
21 
Bent Cp Complexes 

22 
MetalMetal Bonding: Single Bonds 

23 
MetalMetal 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 

Exam 3 
