15 Jan 2018

Inorganic Chemistry I

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
Chemistry 212
Lafayette College
Easton, PA
Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition), Miessler, Fischer & Tarr
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
14 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Average Class Size: 
15 to 25
Typical Student Population: 
This course is taken by a mixture of majors and years. It is required for our AB Chemistry majors. It counts as a chemistry elective for our AB and BS Biochemistry majors. It also counts as a chemistry elective for our BS Chemical Engineering majors. I have had a few other majors including geology, biology and neuroscience take this course. It is typically offered in the spring semester. It can be taken by first year students that have advanced placement in chemistry (either by AP or our online placement exam) which means they did not take our traditional two semester general chemistry sequence. It typically has mostly sophomores and juniors. There have been some senior biochemistry majors that have taken this class. The junior and senior biochemistry majors are typically taking this course concurrent or after Physical Chemistry II (Quantum).

Introduces the theories of atomic structure and bonding in main-group and solid-state compounds. Common techniques for characterizing inorganic compounds such as NMR, IR, and mass spectrometry are discussed. Descriptive chemistry of main group elements is examined. Conductivity, magnetism, superconductivity, and an introduction to bioinorganic chemistry are additional topics in the course. In lieu of the laboratory, students have a project on a topic of their choice. Serves as an advanced chemistry elective for biochemistry majors.

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Learning Goals: 

In keeping with the chemistry department student learning goals, this course will 1) contribute to the student’s general knowledge of chemistry with a particular emphasis on modern inorganic concepts and 2) enhance the student’s ability to apply new knowledge to solve problems. 

How the course is taught: 
Predominantly lecture with some small group work
VIPEr LOs used in course: 
Grading Scheme: 
3 exams 18% each Final exam 21% Lab/Project 20% Problem Sets 5%
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