4 Jun 2019

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Jeremy Andreatta, Worcester State University
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA USAk
Gary L. Miessler, Paul J. Fischer, and Donald A. Tarr, Inorganic Chemistry, 5th ed. Pearson, 2014. ISBN: 0-321-81105-4
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
15 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Average Class Size: 
5 to 15
Typical Student Population: 
The course is taken by upper-level chemistry majors along with some biotechnology majors.

This course is a survey of the chemistry of the inorganic elements focusing on the relationship between electronic structure, physical properties, and reactivity across the periodic table. Topics to be covered include: atomic structure, chemical bonding, group theory, spectroscopy, crystal field theory, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of CH120, CH121, (with a C- or better) and CH 301 (suggested)

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Learning Goals: 


Student Learning Objectives:

During this course the student will:

  • Use concepts from quantum theory to explain periodic trends in atomic and chemical properties
  • Identify and use the symmetry operations and the point group of a molecule
  • Name and predict structure and bonding of simple inorganic molecules
  • Use symmetry and group theory to understand bonding and spectroscopic properties of inorganic molecules
  • Discuss and critique the key points of an article from the primary inorganic literature


How the course is taught: 
This course is co-taught by two professors (1.5 contact hours each). We both attend each lecture and are accessible to students for questions/discussions.
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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