Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:03
My Notes
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
Chemistry 431
Lafayette College
Easton, PA
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
4 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks
14 weeks
Lab Associated
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
Senior BS Chemistry majors are required to take the course. Some senior AB Chemistry and some AB and BS Biochemistry majors will take the course.

This course uses molecular orbital theory to explain the electronic structure and reactivity of inorganic complexes. Topics include symmetry and its applications to bonding and spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy of transition-metal complexes, mechanisms of substitution and redox processes, organometallic and multinuclear NMR.


Additional notes

I do not require a formal text but George Stanley's organometallic chemistry 'book' on VIPEr is made available to students (the link is found below).

This course has a [W] designation which means students must do a minimum of 20 pages of process writing. The specfic project is detailed in the syllabus.

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, 2) enhance the student’s ability to apply new knowledge to solve problems, 3) teach students to read current chemical literature with a critical eye and 4) guide them through the process of reviewing a research topic, developing a research proposal based on that topic and presenting that proposal in written form.

How the course is taught
Primarily lecture and some small group work
Grading Scheme
3 exams 15% each
Final exam 18%
Papers 21%
Lit discussions 10%
Problem sets 6%
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