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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
Chem 366
Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
2 meetings / week
Number of weeks
14 weeks
Lab Associated
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This course is required for the chemistry major and is almost entirely populated by chem majors, with a biochemistry major once every 5-10 years. It is offered in the fall semester only and enrolls between 4-24 students.

Introduction to classical and modern techniques for
synthesizing inorganic compounds of representative and transition
metal elements and the extensive use of IR, NMR, mass, and UV-visible
spectroscopies and other physical measurements to characterize
products. Syntheses and characterization of inorganic and organic
materials/polymers are included. Attendance at departmental seminars
required. Lecture, laboratory, oral presentations.

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Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1.  Synthesize coordination complexes and use crystal field theory to explain their electronic structure and magnetism.

2.  Demonstrate how the structures of common crystalline and ionic solids are derived from simple lattices.

3.  Carry out chemical syntheses under an inert atmosphere using Schlenk and glove box techniques.

4.  Use NMR, IR, fluorescence, and UV-vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction to characterize inorganic molecules and extended solids.

5.  Evaluate chemical safety hazards using a safety data sheet (SDS).

6.  Present and analyze laboratory data in a written format.

7.  Prepare and deliver an oral presentation to effectively communicate scientific results.


How the course is taught
1-hour lecture once per week plus one 4-hour lab per week
Grading Scheme
five lab reports 11% each
assignments (in-class or homework) 10%
lab notebook (pre-labs and in-labs) 10%
final project and presentation 25%
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