Explicitly stating that every symmetry element of a molecule must contain all unique atoms enables students to more easily eliminate from consideration absent symmetry elements and identify those elements present more readily. Additionally, in-class assessment of the consequences of this rule leads to interesting student discussions and conclusions.
- Inorganic chemistry
- Inquiry-based/discovery learning
- Molecular properties/structure
- Problem solving/decision making
- Second-year undergraduate
- Upper-division undergraduate
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