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  • Unit 0: Orientation and Pre-Semester Training

    This course in Inorganic Chemistry will be delivered in a hybrid format. This means that you will be participating both in face-to-face and virtual meetings, along with using primarily electronic tools and resources to support your learning. The agenda for preparing for the first week (Unit 0) will introduce you to the course structure, policies, and tools along with a primer on the field Inorganic Chemistry. Please complete this unit before our first meeting on August 11 (Tuesday).

    Assignments to do before meeting on Tuesday, August 11

    This is an introduction to the technology tools we will be using this semester. To prepare for this meeting, complete all of the tasks in the "Prepare" column in the table below. We will meet virtually using Zoom. Please make sure you are in a place with a computer and internet connectivity. You should sign into our meeting at least 5 minutes before our meeting time (at 3:25 pm). Check your email for an invitation link to join our meeting.

    Prepare
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    Follow-up
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    • Respond to annotated questions on this page using hypothes.is and our course tag: CHEM431_2020.
    • Complete your practice assignment and submit it on Gradescope.
    • Find Dr. Haas's appointments calendar and make an appointment to introduce yourself during the first week of classes.
    • Learn how to use google calendar to help manage your time (google it!). Plan at least 9 hours per week to work on this course and add those time to your calendar.
    • Set up your internet browser with bookmarks/quick access to Gradescope and This course site.

    Assumed Prerequisite Knowledge

    All material from General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Courses

    • Atomic Structure (including orbital shapes)
    • Simple Bonding Theory (Valence Bond Theory, Lewis structures, skeletal structures, resonance, VSEPR, molecular polarity)
    • Acid-base theories and concepts (especially Lewis Acid-Base, Electrophile/Nucleophile reactivity, how to predict relative acid/base strength)
    Assignments for Thursday, August 13

     

    Prepare
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    • Complete "What is Inorganic Chemistry" assignment.

    Unit 1: Review/introduction to atomic orbitals and periodic trends

    Modern atomic orbital theory describes the electronic structure of atoms based on the model of hydrogen-like atoms and the Schordinger equation. The fundamental principles of atomic electronic structure can explain general trends across the periodic table, and their exceptions. Exceptions to the general trends are common for transition metals and heavier elements.

    Assignments for Tuesday, August 18
    The wave functions and probability densities of hydrogen-like atoms.
    Prepare
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    Follow-up
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    • Complete Problem Set 1B (PS1B) and submit on Gradescope.
    Assignments for Thursday, August 20
    Many-electron atoms; electron shielding and orbital penetration can be used to explain all periodic trends and their exceptions.
    Prepare
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    Follow-up
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    • Complete Problem Set 1D (PS1D) and submit on Gradescope.

    Unit 2: Structure, Bonding, Symmetry

    You are well versed in simple models of bonding (Lewis structures, valence bond theory) and molecular structure (VSEPR, hybridized orbitals). While these models are useful, they are limited by their simplicity and they fail to predict many properties of inorganic molecules. The most accurate model to describe molecular bonding is molecular orbital (MO) theory. MO theory is complex, and is based on quantum mechanics. In this unit, you will learn how to construct molecular orbital diagrams for simple diatomic molecules. We will address the more complex case of larger molecules after you gain more skills in this unit and the next.

    Assignments for Tuesday, August 25
    Molecular orbital (MO) theory applied to diatomic molecules.
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    Follow-up
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    • Complete Problem Set 2B (PS2B)
    Assignments for Thursday, August 27
    Introduction to symmetry and point groups.
    Prepare
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    Follow-up
    (close the learning loop by completing these steps)
    • Complete Problem Set 2D (PS2D)
    Assignments for Tuesday, September 1 (UNIT 1&2 ASSESSMENT DAY!)
    This is an assessment day. The meeting will take place in Science Hall 206, depending on campus status at the time. Seventy percent (70%) of your grade will come from your work during the first 45 minutes of the class meeting, while 30% of your grade will come from revision to your work during and after the meeting.
    Prepare
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    Follow-up
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    • Review material from Unit 1 and 2. Be prepared to solve problems similar to the ones in all problem sets in those  units.
    • Submit revised work on Gradescope.

    Unit 3,4: Applications of Symmetry and Group Theory

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    Unit 5/6: Structures, Isomers, and Nomenclature of Coordination Complexes

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    Unit 7: Spectroscopic and Magnetic Properties

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    Unit 8: Thermodynamics of M-L association and dissociation

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    Unit 9: Organometallic Complexes and Catalysis

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    Unit 10: Solid State Chemistry

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