This series of slides works through an example of electron counting using the CBC (Covalent Bond Classification) method. It compares and contrasts the classic ionic and covalent methods to the CBC method. The example used in these slides is an exception to the 18 electron rule using the the classic methods, but by CBC classification it is a very common ML4X4 tetravalent 16 electron Ti compound.
This series of slides presents a very introductory look at the CBC method. Upon completion a student should have a general idea of counting electrons based on the types of ligands (L or Z), calculating the metal valence, classifying the metal and determining the ligand bond number (LBN).
This is only a brief introduction. I have a full series of slides on this topic if anyone is interested just contact me.
I have been teaching the CBC method in my Inorganic 2 class for two years now. Students seem to have picked up on it very well. As it is the first topic I cover in the course, it is constantly evaluated in all of the rest of the material.
My class this year has multiple students heading off to graduate school with an interest in doing organometallics. I think this will be the ultimate judgement of how well this material is presented.