for Chemistry 1311 - Inorganic Chemistry I
The objectives of Chemistry 1311, Inorganic Chemistry I are: To develop the ability to predict the structures, and certain properties and reactivities of the elements and of many of their simpler ionic and covalent compounds. To achieve this predictive capability will require the student to enhance his/her understanding of atomic structure and bonding models, including molecular orbitals. These concepts are directly applicable to organic and biochemistry, and also to many aspects of biology, materials science, and environmental science. Chemistry 1311 is a prerequisite to organic chemistry, CHEM 2311/2312, and serves as the foundation for the advanced inorganic course CHEM 3111.
There are three texts for the course. All are available in the bookstore, although those who took first-year chemistry at Georgia Tech probably already have a copy of Oxtoby, et al.
Oxtoby, D.W.; Freeman, W.A.; Block, T.F. Chemistry, Science of Change, Third Edition, Saunders College Publishing, Philadelphia, 1998.
Winter, M.J. Chemical Bonding, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 1994.
Norman, N.C. Periodicity and the s- and p-Block Elements, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 1997.
Topics to be covered, with reading assignments, and exam schedule are provided below. The boldfaced reading assignment(s) will provide the necessary background; however, the other suggested readings provide alternative presentations of the same material that may be helpful in clarifying certain topics. A list of specific objectives associated with each topic can be obtained by clicking on the icon .
Visuals to be used in class will be posted to the Handouts page no later than 6:00 pm the day before they are to be used in class. These can be very useful in taking notes and you are urged to check the page regularly.
Dates for the exams are definite; topics covered by the individual exams may deviate slightly. Problem assignments will be posted at intervals to the Problem Sets page; check the course web page regularly for updates. Solutions to problems that are not given in the texts will be posted on the Problem Sets page the day after the problem sets are turned in.
Exams will begin promptly at 11:05 AM and papers must be turned in prior to 12:00 PM. Exams will be closed book. The use of programmable calculators during exams is not allowed.
The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2nd, 11:30AM - 2:20 PM .
Make-up exams will only be given as required by the
Institute's General Catalog, Rules and Regulations, Section IIIB3, and then
only when arrangements have been made prior to the exam that must be missed
because of a scheduled Institute activity.
Highest three of four in-class exams - 60%
Final exam - 35%
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: A 100-90; B 89-80; C 79-70; D 69-60; F < 60.
Each homework set will be checked for number of problems completed (50%), and one to three problems in each set will be checked for accuracy (50%).
It is the responsibility of any student with a learning disability to request special accommodation if desired, and s/he must provide a letter of documentation from the Disabled Student Services Office for verification purposes. Such requests should be made well in advance of the time that the accommodation is required.
It is expected that all students are aware of their individual responsibilities under the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code, which will be strictly adhered to in this class.