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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.

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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 %
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