I was wondering, if you were to give your inorganic students a list of specific expected knowledge from previous classes that they would need for Inorganic, what would be on it?
I am considering providing something like this list o my class rather than go over previous class's topics while teaching inorganic. Some of my students are transfer students or non-traditional students taking a longer time to finish college. I might provide pencasts or recitation time outside of class to get students up to speed on these. We require gen chem and organic prior to Inorganic so here is what I would provide my students:
-Acid-Base theories (we covered this in both gen chem and organic)
-Electron pushing for acid-base reactions (both Bronsted and Lewis-Acid base) from organic
-Electron withdrawing and donating groups from organic
-Lewis dot structures and VSEPR
-Formal charges for organic and main group compounds
-Basic MO and Valence Bond Theory that we covered in gen chem and organic
-The basics of isomers and steroechemistry (it will help with symmetry and isomerism of complexes)
All of this is brainstorming at this point. What do you think of this idea?