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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 280
University of Evansville
Evansville, IN
Rodgers, G.E. Descriptive Inorganic, Coordination, and Solid-State Chemistry, 3rd Edition
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
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
Typical Student Population
A mixture of chemistry / biochemistry majors and students with pre-professional tracks.

Surveys classical and contemporary approaches to the study of coordination compounds, solid-state chemistry and the chemistry of elements based on groups in the periodic table.

Learning Goals

Topic: coordination chemistry

Students will be able to:

  • Identify properties and characteristics of coordination compounds such as oxidation number, coordination number, and electron count of metal centers.
  • Give proper naming and chemical formula of coordination compounds.
  • Identify the structure of coordination compounds based on their coordination numbers.
  • Determine isomers (both optical and structural) of coordination compounds.
  • Utilize various bonding theories to describe and explain chemical bonds in coordination compounds.
  • Determine hybridization of the metal center in a coordination compound by using the valence bond theory
  • Apply the crystal field theory to explain and predict optical property, stability and magnetic property of coordination compounds
  • Identify type of reactions of coordination compounds
  • Explain and predict the effect of incoming ligand, leaving ligand and metal center on a substitution reactions and its mechanism.
  • Utilize the trans­-effect to predict the leaving ligand in a substitution reaction.
  • Predict proper mechanism and identify possible products for electron-transfer reactions.

Topic: solid state chemistry

Students will be able to:

  • Determine number of atoms, coordination numbers, length of unit cell edge and radius of atoms in various cubic unit cells.
  • Identify ionic structures of various ionic compounds
  • Identify type of structural defects commonly found in ionic compounds.
  • Determine lattice energy of various ionic compounds using Born-Lande equation and Born-haber cycle.

Topic: Descriptive chemistry

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the nature and the trends in periodic properties including chemical reactivity, physical properties (sizes, ionization energies, etc.) of the main group and the f-block elements.
  • Explain the physical and chemical reactivities of main group elements and their common compounds
  • Recognize impacts and applications of main group elements and their compounds in everyday’s life.
How the course is taught
Grading Scheme
Homework assignments 90 points
Quizzes 100 points
Two reading assignments 40 points
Three midterm exams 450 points
Final exam 200 points
Laboratory 150 points

Total 1030 points
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