VIPEr Fellows 2019 Workshop Favorites

Submitted by Barbara Reisner / James Madison University on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 16:41

During our first fellows workshop, the first cohort of VIPEr fellows pulled together learning objects that they've used and liked or want to try the next time they teach their inorganic courses.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Jeremy R. Andreatta / Worcester State University on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 23:07

This course is a survey of the chemistry of the inorganic elements focusing on the relationship between electronic structure, physical properties, and reactivity across the periodic table. Topics to be covered include: atomic structure, chemical bonding, group theory, spectroscopy, crystal field theory, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of CH120, CH121, (with a C- or better) and CH 301 (suggested)

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by John Miecznikowski / Fairfield University on Sun, 06/02/2019 - 16:48

This lecture course will introduce students to the interdependence of chemical bonding, spectroscopic characteristics, and reactivity properties of coordination compounds and complexes using the fundamental concept of symmetry.  After reviewing atomic structure, the chemical bond, and molecular structure, the principles of coordination chemistry will be introduced.   A basic familiarity with symmetry will be formalized by an introduction to the elements of symmetry and group theory.  The students will use symmetry and group theory approaches to understand central atom hybridization, ligand

Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Kari Young / Centre College on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:23

A study of the chemistry of inorganic compounds, including the principles of covalent and ionic bonding, symmetry, periodic properties, metallic bonding, acid-base theories, coordination chemistry, inorganic reaction mechanisms, and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory work is required.

Inorganic Chemistry II

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:03

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).

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:20

Modern concepts of inorganic and transition-metal chemistry
with emphasis on bonding, structure, thermodynamics, kinetics and
mechanisms, and periodic and family relationships. Atomic structure,
theories of bonding, symmetry, molecular shapes (point groups), crystal
geometries, acid-base theories, survey of familiar elements, boron
hydrides, solid-state materials, nomenclature, crystal field theory,
molecular orbital theory, isomerism, geometries, magnetic and optical
phenomena, spectra, synthetic methods, organometallic compounds,

Reactivity and Bonding of Complexes with Metal-Metal Bonds

Submitted by Chantal Stieber / Cal Poly Pomona on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 19:04

This problem set was designed to be an in-class activity for students to practice applying their knowledge of metal-metal bonding (as discussed in the previous lecture) to recently published complexes in the literature. In this activity, complexes from four papers by Christine M. Thomas and coworkers are examined to give students practice in electron counting (CBC method), drawing molecular orbitals, and fundamental organometallic reactions.

Student Oral Presentations of a Communication from the Primary Literature

Submitted by Carmen Works / Sonoma State University on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:43

In the humanities it is common practice to read a piece of literature and discuss it.  This is also practiced in science and is the purpose of this exercise.  Each student is assigned a communication from the current  literature (inorganic, JACS, organometallics, J. Phys.

Uses for Character Tables: IR and Raman Spectroscopy

Submitted by Kristy L. Mardis / Chicago State University on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:11

A guided inquiry activity where students use group theory and character tables to practice determining reducible representations for all atoms and the individual bonds (like CO stretches).  The students then reduce the representation, determine which are vibrational modes, and then determine which are IR active using the character table.  For the second portion, they practice using this approach to differentiate between two metal isomers.

A Demonstration to Segue Between d to d and CT Transitions

Submitted by Marion Cass / Carleton College on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 19:21

The following is a simple in-class “demonstration” that I use to segue between d to d and charge transfer transitions.  After teaching about d to d transitions and Tanabe-Sugano Diagrams, I show my students three solutions that I have put in large test tubes before class. The three solutions I place in the test tubes are:

a.  10 ml of 0.1M Co(H2O)62+

b.  10 ml of 0.1M Cu(H2O)62+

c.  10 ml of a freshly prepared 0.1 M KMnO4 solution