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Spring 2013
Jul 30,2016
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This 4-credit Lecture and Laboratory course is designed to expose students to a deeper understanding of the theoretical concepts of Inorganic Chemistry. The course will progress beyond the descriptive chemical concepts that are introduced in Fundamentals of Chemistry, and will address questions of structure and reactivity in this oldest branch of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the study of structure and bonding, inorganic and organometallic complexes, and reaction mechanisms. The course begins with a recap of the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, including models of the atom, quantum numbers, shapes of atomic orbitals and the atomic orbital energy level diagram. Lewis structures, VSEPR and Hybridization Theory provide an introduction to simple models of structure. The symmetry of molecules is investigated using Group Theory. Molecular Orbital Theory is then introduced, as applied to diatomic, polyatomic and cyclic molecules and Walsh's diagrams. The Introduction to Coordination chemistry includes definitions, nomenclature, electron configurations and oxidation states. A more detailed study involves the application of Valence Bond Theory, Crystal Field/Ligand Field Theory and the Spectrochemical series. A Molecular Orbital approach to Coordination Compounds is then discussed, followed by a review of Coordination Numbers, types of Ligands and molecular geometries. The stereochemistry and isomerism of coordination compounds is then discussed, including a look at denticity and the Chelate Effect. The principles of Organometallic Chemistry are then introduced, including the application of the 18-electron rule and a review of Metal-Ligand bonding. This is followed by a study of the synthesis and reactivity of transition metal complexes, a review of important stoichiometric reactions of organometallic complexes and a survey of selected catalytic reactions. The course will conclude with a review of the role that metals and metal complexes play in biological systems.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture
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Chemistry Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     


General Requirements:
Course or Test: CHEM 212
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.

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