Inorganic Chemistry I

Descriptive chemistry of the main group elements with some emphasis on the non-metals.  Transition metal compounds: aspects of bonding, spectra, and reactivity; complexes of n-acceptor ligands; organometallic compounds and their role in catalysis; metals in biological systems; preparative, analytical, and instrumental techniques. 

Rudy Luck / Michigan Technological University Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:41

An editable Review Jeopardy game via a Macro Powerpoint

Submitted by Paul Smith / Valparaiso University on Wed, 08/04/2021 - 23:17

In searching for a way to review topics before exams, I was informed about this powerpoint template which is macro'd to be operated as a realistic Jeopardy game. The site for the original author of the macro is:

(Jeopardy for PowerPoint by Kevin R. Dufendach is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.)

Inorganic Chemistry

A systematic study of both the fundamental principles and the descriptive chemistry needed to understand the properties of the main group elements and their compounds. (Three lecture, one recitation, and three laboratory hours per week) Prerequisites: CHEM 1200.

Abdul K. Mohammed / North Carolina Central University Wed, 08/04/2021 - 12:36
Lathanum Gallium Bismuthide - Updated and Expanded

This article describes the synthesis and characterization of ternary rare-earth gallium bismuthide, LaGaBi

Joanne Aguila / University of the Philippines Los Banos Tue, 08/03/2021 - 12:22

Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Joanne Aguila / University of the Philippines Los Banos on Tue, 08/03/2021 - 10:01
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic chemistry is a branch of synthetic chemistry typified by its focus on compounds composed of elements other than carbon and hydrogen. But don’t let that fool you!

Mitch Anstey / Davidson College Tue, 07/27/2021 - 10:37

Predicting solubility using HSAB and Bronsted acid/base strength

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:37

This activity is a guided approach to answering the following: "Give an example of a silver (Ag+) salt that is expected to be soluble in water." It requires students to consider both HSAB and Bronsted acid/base concepts when evaluating solubility.

I use the activity at the end of the unit on reactivity of ions in aqueous solutions, after we have gone over all of the relevant concepts, and the question (without scaffolding) is similar to what I might ask on an exam.

Predicting reactivity with the HSAB principle

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:07

This activity is designed to give students practice with predicting the preferred direction of double displacement reactions using the hard-soft acid-base (HSAB) principle. It includes a question where students must determine the relative softness of two soft bases. This activity was used after the lecture where students were introduced to these concepts.

Acids, Bases, and Solubility Rules

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 15:07

This activity is designed to serve two purposes. The first is to give students practice with assigning the acidity of cations (acidic or non-acidic) and the basicity of anions (basic, feebly basic, or non-basic). The second is to guide students to discover the general trends in solubility for combinations of Bronsted acids and bases. The thermodynamic underpinnings of these generalized "solubility rules" are taught in the subsequent lecture.

Determining the Basicity of Oxo Anions

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 12:50

This is an in-class activity that I use in my advanced general chemistry course to teach students how to qualitatively assign oxo anions as non-basic, feebly basic, or basic. Being able to qualitatively make these assignments helps students when we get to predicting solubility of compounds using Bronsted acidity and basicity.