Submitted by Carmen Gauthier / Florida Southern College on Sun, 06/09/2019 - 09:03
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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHE 2355
Florida Southern College
Lakeland, FL
Inorganic Chemistry (7th Edition), Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
60 min / meeting
Number of weeks
15 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This course is mostly taken by sophomores and juniors chemistry majors (both BA and BS). It sometimes includes biochemistry and molecular biology majors that are juniors or seniors.

Fundamental topics in inorganic chemistry will be explored, among them: atomic theory and periodicity of the elements, bonding and properties of solid state materials, main group chemistry, structure and bonding of coordination compounds, and bio-inorganic systems. The laboratory component of the course will give students experience with a various laboratory techniques used in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Students will be involved in engaged learning activities including inquiry based experiments, collaborative problem solving, team-based laboratory projects, and searching the literature using discipline specific databases. 

Learning Goals
  • Utilize the concepts of atomic theory to explain the periodic trend in transition metals and main group elements.
  • Understand the different bonding theories as they apply to inorganic compounds.
  • Utilize the IUPAC rules to name and write transition metal complexes.
  • Explore and correlate the properties of conductors, semi-conductors and insulators to chemical bonding.
  • Develop an understanding of the acid-base theories as they apply to main group elements.
  • Apply the principles of structure and bonding to predict and explain reactions involving inorganic compounds.
  • Explain the role metals play in biological systems.
  • Utilize chemical software to visualize chemical compounds and their basic physical and chemical properties.
  • Collect and analyze data, and formulate a reasonable scientific explanation for processes involving inorganic compounds.
  • Use a variety of synthetic methods used in synthesis.
  • Use purification methods such as column/ion exchange chromatography and re-crystallization in inorganic synthesis.
  • Use multiple spectroscopic techniques such as infrared, ultraviolet-visible, and nuclear magnetic resonance.
  • Problem solving skills in classroom assignments and laboratory work.
  • Laboratory safety skills when working individually and in groups.
  • Effective communication skills as evidenced in classroom discussion and presentations, laboratory reports using scientific journal format.
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work in small groups in the classroom and in the laboratory setting.
  • Ability to access and employ scientific databases.
How the course is taught
I used POGIL and small group activities.
Grading Scheme
In Class Participation: 10 %
Problem Sets: 10 %
Exams: 30 %
Laboratory: 25 %
Final Exam: 15 %
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