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Syllabus for Chemistry 1311 - Inorganic Chemistry I

Course Objective
Topics/Reading Assignments
Exam Schedule
Learning Disabilities
Academic Honesty

Course Objective
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/Reading Assignments
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.

  • Atomic structure (W, Ch 1; N, Ch 1; O Ch 16, 17-1)
  • Periodic properties (N, Ch 2; O, Ch 17-2,-3)
  • Structures and bonding models of covalent compounds of p-block elements
    • Lewis structures (W, Ch 2, O, Ch 3-4,-5)
    • Valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) concepts (W, Ch 4, O, Ch 3-6)
    • Localized bond models (W, Ch 5, O, Ch 18-2)
    • Prediction of composition of binary compounds (N, Ch 4.1-4.3; O, Ch 17-6)
    • Molecular orbital model (W, Ch 3, 6; O, Ch 18-1)
    • Large molecules, extended structures, semiconductors (N, Ch 3; O, Ch 21-1)
  • Structures of metals and ionic compounds (O, Ch 17-5, 20; N, Ch 4.4, handout)
    • Closest packing and lattices
    • "Metallic" bonding
    • Electrostatic model of "ionic" bond, lattice energy, and thermochemical cycles
    • Cubic lattices and ion radius ratios
  • Solubilities of ionic compounds, nature of solvated ions, and intermolecular forces (O, Ch 4-1,2; handout)
  • Halides, oxides and hydrides of the s- and p-block elements (N, Ch 5; O, Ch 21-2, 23)
  • Acids and bases
    • Review of concepts (O, 8-1,-2)
    • Strengths of protonic acids and bases (O, Ch 8-3, handout)
    • Acid-base equilibria
      • Monoprotic acids and bases (O, Ch 8-4)
      • Buffers (O, Ch 8-5)
      • Polyprotic acids and bases (O, Ch 8-7)
      • Acid-base reactions/Titration curves (O, Ch 8-6)
    • Lewis acid-base concepts (N, Ch 6; O, Ch 8-8 handout)
  • Coordination compounds (complexes) (O, Ch 19, handout)

Exam Schedule
Four in-class exams will be given on the following dates and will cover those topics discussed in class to that point:

  • Friday, January 28 (review session at 6:30 PM Wednesday, January 26, RM 16)
  • Friday, February 18 (review session at 6:30 PM Wednesday, February 16, RM 16)
  • Friday, March 17 (review session at 6:30 PM Wednesday, March 15, RM 16)
  • Friday, April 14 (review session at 6:30 PM Wednesday, April 12, RM 16)

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.

Homework (ca. 5 problem sets) - 5%
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%).

Learning Disabilities
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.

Academic Honesty
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.

Problem Sets
Students are encouraged to work together on developing solutions to problem sets; however, the solutions/answers that are turned in must be the work of each individual.

All information required for exams will be supplied. Reference to texts or other documents during exams is strictly forbidden. The use of programmable calculators during exams is not allowed.

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