Submitted by Brad Wile / Ohio Northern University on Sun, 06/09/2019 - 08:55
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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 3711
Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH
Descriptive Inorganic, Coordination, and Solid-State Chemistry (3rd Edition), Glen E. Rodgers
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks
15 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, optional, concurrently or following
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This course is a requirement for all ACS certified majors (chemistry and biochemistry), and typically taken in junior year. Biochemistry majors often take this course in their senior year, and do not enroll in the lab component.
Bonding, structures, preparation, properties, compounds, and reactions
of main group and transition metal elements. Offered fall semester.
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Learning Goals
By the end of this course at ONU, a student should be able to: 
  • Express an appreciation for the diversity of bonding throughout the periodic table, including descriptive chemistry of the elements.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of 3-dimensional structure when considering coordination compounds.
  • Describe crystal field theory, and relate the changes in orbital energy to changes in shape, oxidation number, and identity of ligands.
  • Apply band theory to materials systems, metals, semiconductors, superconductors, and ceramics.
  • Compare and contrast molecular, ionic, metallic, and network solids in terms of structure, characteristic properties, and energy considerations.
  • Describe the role of mechanism in directing metal-centered reactivity.
  • Recognize structural characteristics and properties of metal ions in biological systems.
  • Describe the types of measurements and techniques that provide the foundation for inorganic theory.
How the course is taught
Lecture with lots of small group work and project-based activities
Grading Scheme
Class participation and projects (two PBL activities) are separately weighted as 5% of course total. Two mid-term exams are each worth 20%, and the final is worth 30% of the course total. The remaining 20% is assigned for the three quizzes and in-class activities (weighted equally).
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