This course covers fundamentals of central topics in inorganic chemistry from historical to modern-day perspectives. Topics include: coordination compounds (history, structure, bonding theories, reactivity, applications); solid state chemistry (crystals, lattices, radius ratio rule, defect structures, silicates & other minerals); and descriptive chemistry of the elements.
Students should be able to develop an understanding of the coordination compounds starting with the history of these materials up through ligand field theory. They will then be aple to apply this understanding to new ligands and their place in the spectrochemical series. They will learn applications of coordination compounds ranging from historical uses to modern day uses. Students will be able to understand the kinetics of coordination compounds and understand the mechanisms of substitution and electron transfer reactions. Students will learn about crystals and solid state chemistry. They will be able to visualize a crystal lattice or unit cell and be able to understand the 3d structure and unit cell and empirical formulas of metals, ionic compounds, silicates and other minerals. They will know band theoy and be able to apply it to an understanding of LEDs. Students will also develop a basic understanding of descriptive chemistry of the elements and know basic facts about these elements and their applications. They will be able to read inorganic chemical literature and be able to understand and interpret the results of experiments presented in this literature.