15 Jan 2018

Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Submitted by Karen S. Brewer, Hamilton College
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
Chemistry 265
Institution: 
Hamilton College
Location: 
Clinton, NY
Textbook: 
Inorganic Chemistry (6th Edition) Shriver, Weller, Overton, Rourke, Armstrong
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
2 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
75 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
14 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size: 
15 to 25
Typical Student Population: 
This course may be taken after students complete our one-semester introductory course. Many students though take it after the second semester course in organic. It enrolls mostly chemistry majors, but it also draws a few geoscience and pre-vet, pre-dent, and pre-med students each year.
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Description: 

Topics in inorganic chemistry, including periodicity and descriptive chemistry of the elements, electrochemistry, transition metal coordination chemistry, and the structure and properties of solid state materials. Laboratories emphasize synthesis and characterization of inorganic coordination compounds, electrochemistry, and inorganic materials. This course satisfies the second semester of a one-year General Chemistry requirement for post-graduate Health Professions programs. Prerequisite, 120 or 125. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory.

Learning Goals: 

Students will  
(1) understand the breadth of inroganic chemistry through descriptive chemistry of the elements and periodic trrends 
(2) be able to describe the basics of nuclear processes and the origin of the elements
(3) be able to explain the fundmentals of electrochemistry and its applications through Frost, Ellingham, and Pourbaix diagrams along with the properties of batteries
(4) be able to relate the the structure and bonding, of transition element coordination compunds to their reactivity and applications 
(5) be able to describe the general properties and coordination chemistry of the lanthanoids and actinoids
(6) understand the bonding and solid state structures of metals and ionic compounds
(7) be aware of the ways in which materials are chemaracterized (diffraction, DSC, TGA, light-scattering, etc.)
(8) understand the mechanism of semiconducting materials and photonic materials
(9) be able to decribe the structure of carbon materials and inorganic polymers
(10) be able to explain how inorganic materials are used to store data (magnetic and optic)
(11) describe the structure and properties of nanomaterials along with their potential applications

How the course is taught: 
This class is lecture-based with some in-class problems done in small groups.
Evaluation
Grading Scheme: 
There are four exams in the course each worth 16% (total = 64%). Problem sets and in-class assignments are worth 20% (there are about 20-25 of these throughout the course). Lab is worth 16%.
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