11 Sep 2018

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Darren Achey, Kutztown University
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
CHM 320
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA
Inorganic Chemistry (6th edition), Shriver, Weller, Overton, Rourke, Armstrong
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
14 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size: 
5 to 15
Typical Student Population: 
This course is taken primarily by chemistry majors, with a few biochemistry and secondary education - chemistry majors.

The application of physio-chemical principles to understanding structure and reactivity in main group and transition elements. Valence Bond, Crystal Field, VSEPR, and LCAO-MO will be applied to describe the bonding in coordination compounds. Organometallic and bio-inorganic chemistry will be treated, as will boranes, cluster and ring systems, and inorganic polymers. The laboratory will involve both synthetic and analytic techniques and interpretation of results.

File attachments: 
Learning Goals: 
Following conclusion of the course, students will be able to
  • Describe periodic properties of the elements as well as atomic and molecular orbitals
  • Determine and utilize both Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis Acids and Bases and their reactions
  • Describe the coordination chemistry of the transitional metal elements in terms of Crystal Field and Molecular Orbital theories
  • Describe the electronic properties and reactivity of transition metal complexes
  • Articulate reaction mechanisms for transition metal complexes and catalysts
  • Describe how Inorganic Chemistry is interrelated with Biochemistry
  • Determine symmetrical features and point groups for molecules
  • Understand the formation and structures of solids in terms of atomic layout as well as energetics and band theory
  • Research/summarize relevant literature and present it cohesively and succinctly
How the course is taught: 
Lecture, with extensive inclusion of discussions/activities in class
Grading Scheme: 
Participation/Intro Questions/Homework Sets 15 % Laboratory – Reports and Notebook 20 % Literature Discussions 10 % Midterm Exams – 3 x 10 % = 30 % ACS Inorganic Final 10 % Final Exam 15 %
Creative Commons License: 
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