9 Jun 2019

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Carmen Gauthier, Florida Southern College
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
CHE 2355
Institution: 
Florida Southern College
Location: 
Lakeland, FL
Textbook: 
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.
Categories
Description: 

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.
Evaluation
Grading Scheme: 
In Class Participation: 10 % Problem Sets: 10 % Exams: 30 % Laboratory: 25 % Final Exam: 15 %
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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