22 Jan 2018

Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Sabrina G. Sobel, Hofstra University
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
CHEM 139
Hofstra University
Hempstead, Long Island, NY
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 6th Ed., Rayner-Canham and Overton
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
4 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
55 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
13 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Yes, optional, concurrently or following
Average Class Size: 
Typical Student Population: 
Freshmen, second semester: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Geology and Sustainability Studies majors

Fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry, including: states of matter; modern atomic and bonding theory; mass and energy relationships in chemical reactions; equilibria; acids and bases; descriptive inorganic chemistry; solid state structure; and electrochemistry. Periodic properties of the elements and their compounds are discussed (3 hours lecture, 1 hour recitation). 

Learning Goals: 

Students should:

  1. Be able to analyze questions in topics of Inorganic Chemistry.
  2. Be able to work effectively in a group to solve scientific problems that pertain to Inorganic Chemistry.
  3. Receive a solid foundation in Inorganic Chemistry.


How the course is taught: 
Lecture with a strong interactive component. Recitations are used for Group Work with students working on problems in small 2-4 student groups.
Grading Scheme: 
Grading Hour Exams (3x100 pts. ea.) 300 pts Sapling Homework 100 pts Group Work 80 pts Attendance/participation 20 pts Final Exam 100 pts TOTAL 600 pts
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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