Submitted by Anthony L. Fernandez / Merrimack College on Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:42
My Notes
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
Merrimack College
North Andover, MA USA
Rodgers, G.E. Descriptive Inorganic, Coordination, and Solid-State Chemistry (2nd ed.) Brooks/Cole, ©2002. [ISBN: 0-12-592060-1]
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
75 min / meeting
Number of weeks
14 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This course is taken by primarily Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. Some Biology majors also take this course to complete their requirements for a minor in Chemistry.

This course is required for all Chemistry and Biochemistry (B.S.) majors. This is an optional course for our Biochemistry (B.A.) majors and for students pursuing a minor in Chemistry.

This course introduces the chemistry of transition metals and main group elements. Topics include theories of bonding, kinetics and mechanisms of reactions of transition metal complexes, oxidation-reduction reactions, hard-soft acid-base theory, and solid-state chemistry. Applications of inorganic chemistry to other areas (organic, analytical, and physical chemistry, as well as biology and biochemistry) are highlighted throughout the course. The laboratory portion of the course involves the synthesis and spectroscopic investigation of inorganic complexes.

Four hours of lecture and one four-hour laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in CHM2220.
When Offered: Every fall semester.
Learning Goals

I have a very long list of learning objectives for this course and have attached the full list above.

How the course is taught
This course is taught using a variety of techniques. Classes often consists of short lecture (10-15 min), a question and answer period, and then small group collaborative work on an activity/assignment.
Grading Scheme
Class Preparation Assignments - 12%
Literature and Review Assignments - 8%
Semester Exams (4) - 40%
Final exam - 15%
Laboratory - 25%
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