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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 210
Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (6th Edition), Rayner-Canham & Overton
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
55 min / meeting
Number of weeks
13 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This is a course taken by a mixture of biochemistry, chemistry, and environmental chemistry majors; also taken by students with a chemistry minor.

This course focuses on the chemistry of the elements, including electronic structure, bonding and
molecular structure, ionic solids, coordination compounds, the origins of the elements, and the descriptive
chemistry of the elements. Topics also include inorganic synthesis, materials science, industrial chemistry,
and an introduction to bioinorganic chemistry.

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Learning Goals

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: use molecular orbital theory to predict bonding
modes and molecular symmetry of coordination complexes; explain properties of inorganic materials based on
electronic structure, particularly for d-block and f-block metal complexes; relate reactions between metals and
ligands to Lewis acid-base theory; describe inorganic materials based on unit cells; explain the formation of
solids by thermodynamics; name coordination compounds, their isomers, and geometries; describe different
types of nanomaterials and their applications; explain methods of spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and Xray
diffraction analyses; rationalize the relative reactivities and oxidation states of main group metals (alkali,
alkaline earth, heavy p-block); and lastly have an appreciation for inorganic chemistry to solve problems
facing modern society.

How the course is taught
Grading Scheme
Attendance & Participation (10%), Exams x4 (10% each), Literature Project: Oral Presentation (30%), Final Exam (20%)
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