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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
Chem 230
Calvin University
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Weller, Overton, Rouke, Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry, 7th ed.
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks
14 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
15 to 25
Typical Student Population
Chemistry and Biochemistry majors

Course Description: This foundational course for 2nd-year students covers the properties and trends of molecules derived from across the periodic table. In addition to main-group elements, a deeper understanding of transition metal ions will be developed. Topics covered include periodicity, bonding, symmetry, and reactivity. Special attention will be given to visualization tools for molecular structures. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to critically compare and contrast molecular and biomolecular structures with chemical reactions presented in subsequent course work throughout the science division. Prerequisite: CHEM 240 or CHEM 241 with a grade of C or better, or approval of the instructor (can also be taken concurrently). Corequisite: CHEM 230L.

Chem 230L: Course Description

SP. Fundamental analytical and synthetic techniques associated with an inorganic chemistry laboratory will be learned. This includes the ability to safely run aqueous inorganic reactions and characterize products using a wide array of techniques (UV-Visible Absorbance, Magnetometry, Cyclic Voltammetry, and Computational Chemistry). A lab notebook will be maintained, and completed experiments will be summarized in written lab reports.

Learning Goals

Student Learning Outcomes

Chem 230: Students will be able to:

  1. Understand and predict chemical trends in periodicity/symmetry/bonding/reactivity.
  2. Demonstrate visualization and spatial reasoning skills appropriate for inorganic chemistry.
  3. Describe function of transition metal ions in a variety of chemical and biochemical systems.
  4. Discuss the global limitations of elemental resources and stewardship of those resources

 Chem 230L: Students who complete this course will:

  1. Use spectroscopy/magnetometry to identify and characterize the inorganic salt or molecule prepared.
  2. Discern the degree of covalent bonding that occurs in a transition metal complex ion or molecule using computational chemistry.
  3. Describe oxidant and reductant strength of inorganic salts or molecules using electrochemical techniques.
  4. Gain proficiency with the chemical literature and several tools for searching it.
  5. Describe connections between God’s creation and molecules formed from created matter.

Students may vary in their competency levels on these outcomes and they can expect to achieve these outcomes only if they honor all course policies, attend class regularly, complete all assigned work in good faith and on time, and meet all other course expectations of them as students.

Grading Scheme
Scoring for Grades
Tests 300 points
Final Exam (cumulative) 150 points
Quizzes 50 points (scaled)
Homework 50 points (scaled)
Collaborative Learning Project 50 points (scaled)
Total points 550 points

Collaborative Learning project is structured investigation of global resources for energy critical elements as identified by Materials Research Society.
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