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Syllabus

CH 412 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Winter 2008

Instructor: Dr. Arlene Courtney, NS 112
Office Hours: MW 9-11, W1-2 (other hours by appointment)
Course Description: This course will emphasize the principles of inorganic chemistry that are most useful for predicting and explaining the chemistry of the elements and their most frequently encountered classes of compounds. Environmental implications will be investigated.


COURSE SCHEDULE

Date Topic Assignment
1/07 Chemical Properties & Periodicity Modern Theory of Atomic Structure
The Periodic Table
Periodic Trends
Graphing with Excel Tutorial
1/09

Hydration of Cations
Reading

Reactions of Cations
Reading

Table C. Shannon-Prewitt Cationic Radii

Reactions of Cations (download for class)

1/14 Reactions of Oxo Anions Reactions of Oxo Anions (download for class)
1/16 Hydrolysis of Oxo Anions
Reading
 
1/23 Common Forms of the Elements in Water
Reading
Table of Common Oxidation States
1/28 Reactions of Anions With Cations

Problem Set #1 Due
Problem Set

Reaction of Cations with Anions (download for class)
Table Containing pKa Values

1/30

Solubility Rules
Reading

Precipitation Reactions of Hydrated Ions
Reading
The Ionic Lattice

 
2/04

EXAM #1

Physical & Chemical Properties of Oxides
Reading

 
2/06

Practical & Environmental Chemistry of Oxides
Reading

Polynuclear Oxo Anions
Reading

Polysilicates

Problem Set #2 Due
Problem Set

2/11 Redox Chemistry of the Elements
Reading
Some Oxidation and Reduction Resources
2/13 Forms of Elements in Natural Waters
Reading
Problem Set #3 Due
Problem Set
2/18 Electromotive Series of the Elements  
2/20 More Redox Chemistry
Reading
Reading
 
2/25

EXAM #2

Properties of the Elements Themselves

 
2/27 Non-Aqueous Reaction of Metal Ions  
3/03

Coordination Chemistry
Reading

Competitive Precipitation & Complexation Reactions

Problem Set #4 Due
3/05 Competitive Precipitation & Complexation Reactions  
3/10 Hard & Soft Acid-Base Principle  
3/12 Applications of HSAB  
6/12 FINAL EXAM Review Project Due


GRADING SCALE
MIDTERM EXAMS 2@100 pts 200 pts A: 500-465 pts

B: 464-415 pts

C: 414-365 pts

D: 364-315 pts

F: Below 315 pts
PROBLEM SETS 4@35 pts 140 pts
FINAL EXAM   100 pts
REVIEW PROJECT   60 pts
  TOTAL 500 pts


CLASS POLICIES

It is your responsibility to be present at the times scheduled for exams. There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS given in this course. If you miss an exam due to illness, you must present the instructor with a written excuse from a medical doctor. In this event, the course grade will be determined by doubling the score obtained on the final exam.

Assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of the lecture period on the day that they are due. There will be a 5 point penalty for each day that an assignment is late.





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