Specific Course Information
Course Meetings and Time
Our CHEM145 is offered once every two years: TR 75 min synchronous lectures, F 4 h in-person lab.
This is an introductory course of inorganic chemistry. The first part of the semester focuses on atomic structure, bonding, and symmetry. The second part of the semester emphasizes coordination chemistry of the transition metals. Assessments in this course are conducted through reading assignments, problem sets, oral exams, and a semester project. Students must also take the associated lab component to complete the course.
I used Perusall (can be linked to Canvas) to assign reading every week and graded students based on their answers to my questions and comments/discussions that they posted. During the Zoom lectures I only ask them what they did not understand from the reading and dive into small group work for the bulk of the synchronous Zoom time. Several in-class activities are chosen from ViPEr.
I have only taught this course once during Spring of 2021 as a hybrid course: synchronous Zoom lectures and in-person labs. Based on how engaged students were with the assigned reading, I adjusted the amount of time I spent on the in-class lecture portion from week-to-week. In the future I am planning to change the Perusall reading assignments into online quizzes based on assigned reading.