This is a literature discussion assignment which asks students to read and write responses to some guided questions. This is then followed by an in-class discussion loosely based on the questions provided. This particular article investigates the synthesis and structural characteristics of a calcium carbene. Within the context of the journal article, I ask students to review MO diagrams and interpret X-ray data. I also introduced computational methods in the context of inorganic chemistry using this paper.
2-3 hours for students beforehand; 50 minutes in class