Specific Course Information
Course Meetings and Time
Introductory topics in inorganic chemistry including descriptive inorganic chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and coordination chemistry with the latter area consisting of nomenclature, stereochemistry, bonding, and reaction mechanisms.
By the end of this course, students should be able to
1) correctly name inorganic compounds (both main-group and coordination compounds);
2) describe, identify, and draw the various isomers commonly formed by coordination compounds;
3) utilize bonding theories to predict the effects of charge, electron configuration, and the types of ligands on the structure and reactivity of coordination compounds;
4) calculate crystal field stabilization energies and magnetic moments from electron configurations;
5) describe and/or calculate the properties of various types of crystal lattices;
6) predict and identify periodic trends such as effective nuclear charge, the inert pair effect, the uniqueness principle, and the diagonal effect.
In-Class Homework 5%
3 “In-class” exams 20% each (60% total)
Cumulative final exam 20%