5.112 Principles of Chemical Science

Fall 2005

Linear combinations of atomic orbitals for tetrahedral methane.
Linear combinations of H 1s atomic orbitals that match nodal properties of C 2p atomic orbitals for tetrahedral methane. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of video lectures.

Course Description

5.112 is an introductory chemistry course for students with an unusually strong background in chemistry. Knowledge of calculus equivalent to 18.01 is recommended. Emphasis is on basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, chemical kinetics, and catalysis. The course also covers applications of basic principles to problems in metal coordination chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .iv, .rm, and .mp3.

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Prof. Sylvia Ceyer
Prof. Christopher Cummins

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session