17 Jan 2018

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
Chem 366
Institution: 
Lewis & Clark College
Location: 
Portland, OR
Textbook: 
none
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
2 meetings / week
Number of weeks: 
14 weeks
Lab Associated: 
No
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.
Categories
Description: 

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.

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
Evaluation
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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