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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 381
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI
Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition,) Miessler, Fischer & Tarr; Inorganic Chemistry (4th Edition,) Housecroft and Sharpe; Basic Inorganic Chemistry (3rd Edition) Cotton, Wilkinson & Gaus
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks
15 weeks
Lab Associated
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This course is taken almost exclusively by Chemistry BA majors.

Course Description: An overview course covering the fundamental principles and theories of inorganic chemistry, with emphasis on the chemistry of d-block elements. Included topics are molecular structure, electronic structure and spectra, bonding descriptions and reaction mechanisms of coordination complexes along with an introduction to organometallic compounds of d-block elements and an introduction to molecular symmetry and point groups.

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Learning Goals

Course Outcomes:  In this course students will be expected to :

 1.  construct molecular orbital diagrams for inorganic complexes and correlate these diagrams with electronic absorption spectra


2.  describe bonding and stabilization energies in coordination complexes using molecular orbital theory and crystal field theory


3.  identify molecular symmetry point groups of compounds


4.  apply group theory to bonding and vibrational spectroscopy of inorganic complexes


5.  rationalize and apply the 18-electron rule to transition metal coordination complexes


6.  identify common reaction mechanisms of coordination complexes and explain which factors affect the rates of these reactions


7.  carry out calculations involving unit cell dimensions

How the course is taught
A mix of lecture and flipped classroom. Students are given homework assignments based on readings from the textbook, (before material is discussed in lecture.) This is followed by class discussion of the answers to the assigned questions.
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