13 Feb 2019

Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by John Lee, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
CHEM 3310
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN/US
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry, Phennig
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: 
25 to 35
Typical Student Population: 
This is a foundational inorganic chemistry course, offered every fall semester, and is required by all chemistry majors regardless of discipline (e.g., Chemistry, Biochemistry or STEM). It can serve toward a minor for other majors, but is predominantly taken by chemistry majors only. It is classified as a Junior level course; however, the student profile is typically 50/50 Juniors and Seniors.

Catalog Description:  Concepts and models in inorganic chemistry with emphasis on atomic structure and bonding, molecular orbital theory, material science, and descriptive inorganic chemistry including biological and environmental applications.

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Learning Goals: 

1.  Students will be able to demonstrate a qualitative understanding of atomic structure, atomic orbital shapes and orientations, effective nuclear charge, and electron configurations.

2.  Students will use atomic structure knowledge to predict periodic trends such as atomic/ionic radii, ionization energy, electron affinity, and electronegativity.

3.  Students will be able to draw appropriate 2-dimensonal representations of molecular substances using Lewis structures based on the octet rule, formal charge and resonance, and predict 3-dimensional shapes using VSEPR/D.

4.  Students will be able to utilize theories in bonding interactions for covalent molecular substances that will include both valence bond theory (hybridization, s-bonds, and p-bonds) and molecular orbital theory (homo- and hetero-nuclear diatomics and main-group polyatomic molecules).

5.  Students will be able to utilize close-packing in metals to demonstrate knowledge of basic structure for solid-state materials such as metallic solids, ionic compounds, and network solids.

6.  Students will utilize concepts related to solid-state materials to discuss:  metals, metal compounds, metallic bonding, band theory, conductivity, semiconductors, insulators, and defects.

7.  Students will use concepts related to polarization to predict metallic, covalent, polar covalent and ionic bonding for a particular substance.

8.  Students will use molecular orbital theory and periodic trends in the analysis of acid-base definitions for main-­group molecules that include hydrides, oxides and some d-block oxides.

9.  Students will develop a basic knowledge of transition metal coordination chemistry to include:  ligands, nomenclature, coordination number, stereochemistry, magnetic properties, and thermodynamic aspects.

10.  Students will use molecular orbital theory and periodic trends in the analysis of electron transfer reactions in order to balance oxidation­-reduction reactions, predict reaction spontaneity, and use Lattimer and Frost diagrams in order to look at stability for a number of different oxidation states for a particular substance.

11.  Students will use concepts from transition metal coordination chemistry to survey the key roles of select transition metals in biological inorganic chemistry.

How the course is taught: 
Primarily lecture with some in-class activities/problems sets and literature discussions
Grading Scheme: 
Exam: 68% (4 exams and the lowest score can be replaced by the Final Exam) Homework/Class Participation: 10% Final Exam: 22%
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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