Chemistry

Molecular Symmetry

Module code: F1187
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

In this module, you develop a firm physical foundation for future applications of the more mathematical aspects of chemistry, and explore the important role that visualization and computer simulation play in understanding, interpreting and predicting experimental observation.

As part of the module, you undertake an in-depth exploration of molecular symmetry and its quantitative application to bonding and spectroscopy.

You are also introduced to the role of Molecular Computer Graphics in structural biology and biochemistry.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify symmetry elements and operations in any given molecule
  • Assign molecular point groups and interpret the information in character tables
  • Perform basic matrix algebra, and correlate symmetry operations with matrix algebra‚Ä®
  • Apply principles of symmetry to either previously seen or unseen examples both quantitatively and qualitatively