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A one-semester study of advanced topics in inorganic chemistry with emphasis on structure and bonding, transition metal chemistry, organometallic and solid-state chemistry.
In the Housecroft text, we cover Chapters 1-3, 5-7, 19-21, 24-26 and 28.
Students should be able to:
- Understand the fundamentals of electronic structure of atoms, specifically atomic orbitals and electron configurations, and their effects on periodic trends.
- Be familiar with the relationships between bonding and structure in covalent and ionic compounds, and understand the limitations in using these two terms to describe interactions between atoms.
- Be able to identify symmetry elements in the structures of chemical compounds and other objects, and classify them into point groups.
- Have a working knowledge of molecular orbital theory in its application to simple molecular compounds.
- Understand how crystal field theory and molecular orbital theory are used to explain bonding, magnetic properties, and spectroscopic characteristics in transition metal coordination compounds.
- Be familiar with the nomenclature, structures, and different types of isomerism in transition metal coordination compounds.
- Have a basic understanding of organometallic chemistry, including the different classes of ligands, electron counting methods, the common types of reactions, and their application to catalytic cycles.
- Have an understanding of the basic crystal structures and applications of these materials in modern nanotechnology.
Generally, 1/1 for an honest effort on a day's homework Q's and 0/1 if incomplete, not turned in, or if student cannot present when randomly picked; grade is normalized to 20%.
Minireview article: 10%
I have students pick an article from Inorganic Chemistry sometime during the semester and write a minireview summarizing it. Out of 10 pts I generally grade as:
6 pts for following all directions requested; 1 pt each for:
-Turning in on time -Containing ≥2 Figures, Captioned, from distinct references
-Containing ≥5 References In Correct Format -Being ≤6000 words
-Article was published within September-November of the semester of interest -Having all sections requested
And the remaining 4pts are writing quality.
In 2021, I'm choosing to spend ~2 classes having the students present their articles 3 weeks ahead of the article due date in order to provoke some discussion on the topic, so they can have a theme in mind when they write.
Two midsemester exams: 20%
Inclass, timed, no notes
Final exam: 30%