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. Includes one three-hour laboratory per week, which includes experience in the synthesis, purification, and characterization (infrared and electronic spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility, NMR, cyclic voltammetry, and x-ray powder diffraction) and properties of inorganic compounds.
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. Students enrolled in the laboratory will also have a hands-on experience in a chemical laboratory emphasizing proper technique in obtaining and recording data, proper use of instrumentation and the use of SciFinder Scholar to search the chemical literature.