This course is an introduction to the field of inorganic chemistry. The student is expected to be well-versed in the material covered in general chemistry, as this will serve as the foundation and launching point for the material to be covered this semester. The course will begin by examining the properties of the elements, and expand outward to consider chemical bonding and the electronic factors that govern metal reactivity. These factors include acid-base theory, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and redox, and coordination chemistry.
By the end of this course, students should have the ability to:
- accurately visualize compounds in three dimensions by correctly assigning symmetry point groups and unit cell formulas.
- utilize orbital interactions to draw MO diagrams for diatomic and simple triatomic molecules
- apply band and crystal field theories to predict conductive and magnetic properties of molecules
- apply three major acid-base theories (HSAB, Lewis acidity, frontier orbitals) to ligand binding in coordination compounds.
- predict chemical reactivity from emf and thermodynamic calculations
- assign IUPAC names and oxidation state to coordination compounds.