This course is designed to give an introduction to the concepts of electronic structure, bonding,
and reactivity in inorganic chemistry. The field is too vast to comprehensively cover every aspect in
a single semester, so this class will offer a qualitative overview of inorganic chemistry. Reading and
understanding scientific literature is an important skill for any scientist to have, whether you move
on to grad school, professional school, or the job market, so relevant literature articles will be
incorporated into the class. Over the course of the semester you will also work to develop your
scientific communication skills through both reading and writing assignments.
The objectives for this course are for students to:
• Identify the chemical principles behind facts and trends learned in general chemistry.
• Use this understanding to predict and explain new chemical phenomena.
• Gain an overview of different areas of inorganic chemistry.
• Learn to read and understand primary scientific literature.
• Practice effective scientific communication through both reading and writing.