24 Jul 2018

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Robin Macaluso, University of Texas Arlington
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
CHEM 3317
Institution: 
University of Texas at Arlington
Location: 
Arlington, TX/USA
Textbook: 
Inorganic Chemistry (5th ed.), Miessler, Fischer and Tarr
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
2 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
75 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
> 15 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Yes, optional, concurrently or following
Average Class Size: 
35+
Typical Student Population: 
This course is taken by a mixture of chemistry and biochemistry majors.
Categories
Description: 

An overview of descriptive main group chemistry, solid state structures and the energetics of ionic, metallic, and covalent solids, acid-base chemistry and the coordination chemistry of the transition metals. The course is intended to explore and describe the role of inorganic chemistry in other natural sciences with an emphasis on the biological and geological sciences. Important compounds and reactions in industrial chemistry are also covered. Intended for both chemistry and non-chemistry majors.

File attachments: 
Learning Goals: 

Students will be able to:

  1. compare and contrast covalent, ionic and metallic solids.
  2. convert between English and Metric system units.
  3. apply concepts from quantum theory to periodic trends in atomic properties such as atomic size, ionization energy, electronegativity and electron affinity
  4. calculate lattice energies using theoretical and experimental data.
  5. name and draw unique layers that compose common structure types of ionic solids.
  6. identify the closest packing system of a structure type by visual inspection.
  7. construct a three-dimensional model of a unit cell of a common structure type.
  8. visually identify tetrahedral holes and octahedral holes of each structure type.
  9. predict whether or not a cation will occupy the tetrahedral or octahedral hole.
  10. identify symmetry operations and the point group of a molecule.
  11. predict the structure of a molecule using theoretical chemical models.
  12. describe how X-rays are produced in a laboratory setting and why diffraction is used to study crystalline materials.
  13. interpret X-ray diffraction data to obtain information about unit cells of solid-state materials.
  14. search library databases to identify literature on a chemical topic.
How the course is taught: 
lecture and small groups
Evaluation
Grading Scheme: 
Mid-term exam average 60% Comprehensive Final Exam 20% Literature Search 10% Homework/Quizzes/Class Participation 10%
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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