9 Jun 2019

Inorganic Chemistry I.

Submitted by Todsapon Thananatthanachon, University of Evansville
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
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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