Submitted by John Lee / University of Tennessee Chattanooga on Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:25
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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%
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