10 Jan 2018

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
Chem 420
Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR
Inorganic Chemistry (5th ediction), Miessler, Fischer & Tarr
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
60 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
14 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Yes, standalone
Average Class Size: 
5 to 15
Typical Student Population: 
The students enrolled in this course over the past ten years have been nearly 100% chemistry majors. (With one or two biochemistry / molecular biology majors.)

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,
cage structures, clusters, lanthanides, actinides.

File attachments: 
Learning Goals: 

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

1.  Use concepts from quantum theory and atomic orbitals to explain periodic trends in atomic properties and relate these to inorganic chemistry.

2.  Predict the structure and using an appropriate model, describe the bonding in main group molecules.

3.  Identify the symmetry operations and the point group of a molecule.

4.  Apply tools from symmetry and group theory to solve problems involving vibrational spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory.

5.  Extend acid-base concepts to inorganic systems and use different models to predict chemical reactivity.

6.  Use Latimer, Pourbaix, and Frost diagrams to predict the electrochemical activity of a system.

7.  Describe the structures and properties of common crystalline and ionic solids.

8.  Use crystal field or MO theory to explain the electronic structure and magnetism of transition metal complexes.

9.  Read and discuss an article from the inorganic chemistry primary literature.


How the course is taught: 
Mostly lecture, some small groups, daily homework problems
Grading Scheme: 
Midterm exams (3) 45% Final exam 20% Problems 20% Journal article assignment 15%
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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