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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.
- 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.
Problem Sets: 10 %
Exams: 30 %
Laboratory: 25 %
Final Exam: 15 %