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Course Title: Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequistes: CHEM 102 Credit Hours: 3
A descriptive inorganic chemistry course of the main group elements and transition metals. Other topics include: atoms, bonding, solid state structures, acid-base theories, and redox reactions.
Detailed Description of Course
a. The purpose of this course is to introduce chemistry majors at the sophomore level to the chemistry of the main group elements and transition metals. A broader look at general chemistry topics such as atoms, bonding, solid state structures, acid-base theories, and redox reactions will be included.
An outline of the topics covered is:
1. Atomic Structure and Atomic Properties
2. Bonding Theories
a. Covalent Bonding – Lewis Structures, Hybridization
b. VSEPR Theory and Structures
c. Molecular Orbital Theory (Introduction)
3. Solid State Structures
4. Acids and Bases
a. Bronsted Acids and Bases
b. Lewis Acids and Bases
c. Hard and Soft Acids and Bases
5. Reduction-Oxidation Reactions
6. Descriptive Chemistry of the Main Group Elements (Overview)
7. Transition Metals
a. Coordination Numbers and Structure
b. Crystal Field Theory
c. Descriptive Chemistry
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
This course is predominately a lecture course. The breadth and time devoted to each topic is dependent on the faculty member teaching the course. (This is normal in inorganic chemistry courses.)
Student Goals and Objective of the Course
At the conclusion of the course, the student will have an understanding of:
1. Atoms, bonding, solid state structures, acid-base theories, and redox reactions.
2. Properties and reactions of the main group elements
3. Compounds of transition metals and the reason for their existence.
Assessment of the student’s success in the course will be based on three or four tests, a final exam, and outside class assignments.
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