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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
Keene State College
Keene, NH/USA
Inorganic Chemistry 6th Edition by Shriver, Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
70 min / meeting
Number of weeks
14 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
Required of all B.S. Chemistry majors and an elective for B.A. Chemistry majors

An introduction to modern inorganic chemistry, including a description of transition- metal complexes and their role as catalysts, and a survey of the reactivity of selected elements of the main group. Three-hour lecture, three-hour laboratory


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Learning Goals

Students enrolled in this course will

  • Develop a detailed understanding of atomic structure and periodic trends: Atomic orbitals, ionization energy, electron affinity, shielding and effective nuclear charge.
  • Develop an understanding of molecular structure and bonding: molecular geometries (symmetry point groups), valence bond theory, molecular orbital theory
  • Apply understanding of molecular structure to understand chemical reactivity and physical properties: spectra, acid-base character, reactivity of elements and their compounds
  • Develop an understanding of transition metal coordination complexes: stereochemistry, nomenclature, theories of bonding, thermodynamic and kinetic aspects
  • Apply knowledge of bonding and structure to advanced topics such as catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, material science
  • Learn and use inorganic synthetic techniques in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds
How the course is taught
Mixture of lecture and small group inquiry based activities
Grading Scheme
4 exams 48%
Quizzes/Homework 12%
Participation 5%
Laboratory 20%
Final Exam 15%
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