15 Jan 2018

Inorganic Chemistry I with Laboratory

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
Chemistry 213 and 213L
Institution: 
Lafayette College
Location: 
Easton, PA
Textbook: 
Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition), Miessler, Fischer & Tarr
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: 
5 to 15
Typical Student Population: 
This course is taken mostly by BS chemistry majors. It can be taken by first year students that have advanced placement in chemistry (either by AP or our online placement exam) which means they did not take our traditional two semester general chemistry sequence. It typically has mostly sophomores and juniors. There are been a few AB and BS Biochemistry, AB Chemistry majors and BS Chemical Engineering majors to take this course.
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Description: 

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.

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Learning Goals: 

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.

How the course is taught: 
Mainly lecture and some small group work
Evaluation
Grading Scheme: 
3 exams 18% each Final exam 21% Lab/Project 20% Problem Sets 5%
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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