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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Terre Haute, IN, USA
Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition), Miessler, Fischer, & Tarr
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
4 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks
10 weeks
Lab Associated
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This is a course taken by a mixture of chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Course catalog description: The chemistry of non-metals. This course consists of a systematic study of the properties and reactions of the elements and their compounds based upon modern theories of the chemical bond, as well as from the viewpoint of atomic structure and the periodic law.

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Learning Goals

Students will will know or be able to...

  1. Atomic and Electronic Structure:  Explain both the shape and the filling order of electronic orbitals as well as the full electronic structure of the atom. Determine the ground state (and other term symbols) for atoms and ions.
  2. Periodic Table:  Describe the overall design of the periodic table. Explain elemental relationships and trends including size and reactivity with specific regard for the Group A (main group) elements.
  3. Chemical Bonding: Explain the nature of chemical bonding using multiple theories including Lewis Dot Structures, VSEPR, Hybridization, and Molecular Orbital Theory.  Relevant similarities and differences between covalent, ionic, and metallic bonding will also be discussed.
  4. Molecular Symmetry and Vibrational Spectroscopy: Identify symmetry elements present in three-dimensional chemical structures. Utilize Group Theory to explain and predict spectral patterns for various compounds.
  5. Solid State: Describe chemical bonding in solid materials including crystalline lattices and ionic structures.
  6. Structure/Property Relationships: Utilize knowledge of intermolecular forces to describe physical properties of chemicals. Explain and differentiate between the various acid/base theories including Arrhenius, Brønsted/Lowry, Lewis, and Hard/Soft Acid/Base (HSAB).
How the course is taught
Course is taught as a standard lecture-based course.
Grading Scheme
Problem Sets, Participation 100 points
Three 50-minute Exams 300 points
Final Exam 100 points
TOTAL 500 points
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