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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 322
Course Title: Inorganic Chemistry
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: A survey of the inorganic and organometallic chemistry of the elements. Topics include group theory, acid/base chemistry, solid state chemistry, main group elements, coordination chemistry, and organometallic compounds and reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 112.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CHEM 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Inorganic Chemistry
By G. Miesler and D. Tarr (Prentice Hall)
Inorganic Chemistry
By J. Huheey, E. Keiter, and R. Keiter (Benjamin Cummings)
Inorganic Chemistry
By D. Shriver, P. Atkins, and C. Langford ( W.H. Freeman)
Course Objectives
  • To compare and contrast inorganic chemistry to other areas of chemistry.
  • To apply principles of structure and reactivity to inorganic, organometallic, and bioinorganic compounds.
  • To describe instrumental techniques for determination of inorganic chemical structures.
    Measurable Learning
  • Apply rules of inorganic nomenclature.
  • Predict molecular geometry.
  • Use molecular-orbital theory to predict properties and spectra of molecules.
  • Describe experimental measurement of charge distribution in molecules.
  • Explain the roles of various intra- and inter-molecular forces in structure and reactivity.
  • Predict trends in melting and boiling point based on bonding type.
  • Differentiate between common concepts of acid-base reactions.
  • Assign point groups to molecules and ions.
  • Determine symmetry of rotational and vibrational modes of molecules.
  • Describe formation and symmetry of complexes.
  • Explain basic ideas of crystal field and ligand field theory.
  • Describe mechanisms of redox and photochemical reactions of coordination compounds.
  • Summarize properties of different groups of elements.
  • Describe the structure and properties of the allotropes of carbon.
  • Classify organometallic compounds.
  • Describe organometallic catalysis.
    Topical Outline:
  • Introduction
  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding theory
  • Symmetry and group theory
  • Molecular orbitals
  • Acid-base chemistry
  • Solid state chemistry
  • Main group elements
  • Coordination complexes: structures and isomers;
    bonding; spectra; reactions and mechanisms; organometallics; bioinorganic chemistry

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: April 10, 2015
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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