Ch 4 Lecture 1 Symmetry and Point Groups
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Ch 4 Lecture 1 Symmetry and Point Groups

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1. Ch 4 Lecture 1 Symmetry and Point Groups Introduction Symmetry is present in nature and in human culture

2. Using Symmetry in Chemistry Understand what orbitals are used in bonding Predict IR spectra or Interpret UV-Vis spectra Predict optical activity of a molecule Symmetry Elements and Operations Definitions Symmetry Element = geometrical entity such as a line, a plane, or a point, with respect to which one or more symmetry operations can be carried out Symmetry Operation = a movement of a body such that the appearance after the operation is indistinguishable from the original appearance (if you can tell the difference, it wasn?t a symmetry operation) The Symmetry Operations E (Identity Operation) = no change in the object Needed for mathematical completeness Every molecule has at least this symmetry operation

3. Cn (Rotation Operation) = rotation of the object 360/n degrees about an axis The symmetry element is a line Counterclockwise rotation is taken as positive Principle axis = axis with the largest possible n value Examples: C23 = two C3?s C33 = E C17 axis

4. s (Reflection Operation) = exchange of points through a plane to an opposite and equidistant point Symmetry element is a plane Human Body has an approximate s operation Linear objects have infinite s?s s h = plane perpendicular to principle axis s v = plane includes the principle axis s d = plane includes the principle axis, but not the outer atoms

5. i (Inversion Operation) = each point moves through a common central point to a position opposite and equidistant Symmetry element is a point Sometimes difficult to see, sometimes not present when you think you see it Ethane has i, methane does not Tetrahedra, triangles, pentagons do not have i Squares, parallelograms, rectangular solids, octahedra do

6. Sn (Improper Rotation Operation) = rotation about 360/n axis followed by reflection through a plane perpendicular to axis of rotation Methane has 3 S4 operations (90 degree rotation, then reflection) 2 Sn operations = Cn/2 (S24 = C2) nSn = E, S2 = i, S1 = s Snowflake has S2, S3, S6 axes

7. Examples: H2O: E, C2, 2s p-dichlorobenzene: E, 3s, 3C2, i Ethane (staggered): E, 3s, C3, 3C2, i, S6 Try Ex. 4-1, 4-2

10. Point Groups Definitions: Point Group = the set of symmetry operations for a molecule Group Theory = mathematical treatment of the properties of the group which can be used to find properties of the molecule Assigning the Point Group of a Molecule Determine if the molecule is of high or low symmetry by inspection a. Low Symmetry Groups

11. b. High Symmetry Groups

12. 2. If not, find the principle axis 3. If there are C2 axes perpendicular to Cn the molecule is in D If not, the molecule will be in C or S a. If sh perpendicular to Cn then Dnh or Cnh If not, go to the next step b. If s contains Cn then Cnv or Dnd If not, Dn or Cn or S2n c. If S2n along Cn then S2n If not Cn

13. C. Examples: Assign point groups of molecules in Fig 4.8 C8v D8h Td C1 Cs Ci Oh Ih

14. Rotation axes of ?normal? symmetry molecules

15. Perpendicular C2 axes Horizontal Mirror Planes

16. Vertical or Dihedral Mirror Planes and S2n Axes Examples: XeF4, SF4, IOF3, Table 4-4, Exercise 4-3

17. D. Properties of Point Groups Symmetry operation of NH3 Ammonia has E, 2C3 (C3 and C23) and 3sv b. Point group = C3v Properties of C3v (any group) Must contain E Each operation must have an inverse; doing both gives E (right to left) Any product equals another group member Associative property


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