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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 461
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA, USA
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry (2nd Edition), Brian W. Pfennig
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
55 min / meeting
Number of weeks
15 weeks
Lab Associated
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This is a course required for chemistry majors and is an elective for biochemistry majors and chemistry minors. The majority of the student population enrolled in this course are chemistry majors.

This course lays a foundation in the subjects of atomic structure, bonding theory, symmetry theory, and acid-base chemistry, which is then used to explore advanced topics involving crystalline compounds, coordination compounds, and organometallic compounds. Topics include bonding, spectroscopy, and kinetics.

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Learning Goals

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental facts and concepts of inorganic chemistry.

  • Describe the electronic configuration and periodic properties of an atom.
  • Use VSEPR Theory to predict 3D geometries and polarity of molecules.
  • Determine symmetry elements and point groups for molecules and appropriate applications for group theory.
  • Draw molecular orbitals and use them to relate to structure and bonding of a molecule.
  • Distinguish between Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis acids and bases.
  • Use hard-soft acid-base theory to predict solubilities and bonding properties of elements.
  • Identify structures of the crystalline solid state and calculate crystal lattice energies.
  • Name coordination compounds using IUPAC naming rules.
  • Draw and distinguish between coordination compound isomers.
  • Describe metal and ligand bonding interactions.
  • Interpret electronic spectra.
  • Describe common techniques to characterize inorganic compounds and interpret data from these techniques.

2. ​​​​Apply facts and concepts to solve inorganic chemistry problems.

3. Critically analyze peer-reviewed journal articles and summarize findings.

4. Reflect on and analyze the significance and overlap of a Christian worldview within the scientific community.

How the course is taught
Lecture with active learning strategies, small groups work on problem sets
VIPEr LOs used in course
Grading Scheme
Exams: 360 points
Final Exam: 150 points
Homework Sets: 100 points
In-Class/Group Assignments: 70 points
Final Paper: 80 points
Faith Integration: 40 points
Total: 800 points
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