Submitted by Jason Smee / University of Texas at Tyler on Wed, 01/19/2022 - 16:07
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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 3320
University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler, TX/USA
Inorganic Chemistry (7th edition), Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
2 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
80 min / meeting
Number of weeks
14 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
25 to 35
Typical Student Population
The course is taken by both chemistry and biochemistry majors; every 2-3 years a biology student will take the course as a review of General Chemistry in preparation for the MCAT, DAT, etc. The class consists of roughly 60% sophomores, 35% juniors, and 5% seniors.

Introductory topics in inorganic chemistry including descriptive inorganic chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and coordination chemistry with the latter area consisting of nomenclature, stereochemistry, bonding, and reaction mechanisms. 

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students should be able to
1) correctly name inorganic compounds (both main-group and coordination compounds);
2) describe, identify, and draw the various isomers commonly formed by coordination compounds;
3) utilize bonding theories to predict the effects of charge, electron configuration, and the types of ligands on the structure and reactivity of coordination compounds;
4) calculate crystal field stabilization energies and magnetic moments from electron configurations;
5) describe and/or calculate the properties of various types of crystal lattices;
6) predict and identify periodic trends such as effective nuclear charge, the inert pair effect, the uniqueness principle, and the diagonal effect.

How the course is taught
Primarily lecture format with some in-class group work.
Grading Scheme
Online Homework 15%
In-Class Homework 5%
3 “In-class” exams 20% each (60% total)
Cumulative final exam 20%
Total 100%
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