every effort has been made to make sure this electronic syllabus is error-free,
it is not official.
The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.
Click here for homework keys and other class materials.
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 333
Lycoming College Spring 2001
Dr. Charles H. Mahler, Phone 321-4351 or 322-8840 (h), email@example.com
Heim 202, MWF 11:10 AM - noon, MW 1-2 PM, by appointment, or
meets MWF from 10:15 to 11:05 AM in Heim 215.
meets R from 7:45 to 11:35 AM in Heim 207.
E. Housecroft and Alan G. Sharpe; Calculator with
logarithmic and exponential functions (no passing or sharing allowed in
exams); Bound Laboratory Notebook with quadrille pages (for lab use only);
Safety Glasses or Goggles; Experimental Procedures will be distributed in
class. A lab deposit of $10 will be collected in the first lab - the cost of
lab handouts will be taken from this.
Prerequisites: CHEM 330, MATH 129, and one
year of physics; or consent of instructor.
Grades will be based on the following weighting scheme: 3 Exams (40%), Final
Exam (20%), Lab (25%), Presentation (5%), and Homework and Quizzes (10%).
extra credit points (on a 1000 point scale, to a limit of 20) will be given
for each Chemistry Colloquium attended. Alternative extra credit will be
available for those whose schedules conflict with colloquium (must see me to
arrange this before March 29, 2002). The final exam will be a comprehensive,
multiple-choice test, prepared by the American Chemical Society.
EXAMINATIONS ARE COMPREHENSIVE, ESPECIALLY THE FINAL.
following scale will be applied to determine the final letter grade: A >
90% > B > 80% > C > 70% > D >
60% > F . Plus and minus grades are included in these ranges and
will be determined at the end of the semester. Adjustments to this scale are
possible, but unlikely.
Thursday, January 31, 2002 (in lab)
Thursday, March 7, 2002 (in lab)
Thursday, April 4, 2002 (in lab)
Week of April 22 - 26, 2002, To Be Announced
The course will cover topics from Chapters 1-4 (Basic Concepts, Nuclear
Properties, Symmetry, Molecular Bonding), 5-8 (Metallic and Ionic Solids, Acid
/ Base, Oxidation / Reduction, and Non-aqueous Chemistry), 9-17, 19, 21, 22,
24 (Systematic Descriptive Chemistry of the Elements), 18, 20, 23, 25
(Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry, and Mechanisms). Details regarding
which sections of these chapters we will cover will be given in class. Much
descriptive chemistry will be covered with the in-class presentations.
you have questions or comments about anything in the course, please come see
me. I am ready and willing to meet with you and discuss your concerns, answer
questions, explain concepts, solve problems, etc. I would rather help you to
understand something before a lab or test, than to find out you don't
understand it while grading your work.
Lecture Attendance and Absences: Lecture attendance with textbook and calculator is required. All
unexcused lecture absences after three will be penalized 2 percent (of total
possible points) per day. Only absences notified ahead of time may be
excused. Notification is expected as soon as possible for planned
(athletic events, class trips) or emergency (illness) absences; call or e-mail
me or the Department Secretary (321-4180). The cause of absences must be
verified by a Dean or substantiated (note from coach or parent, doctor's
Exam and Lab Absences: No make-up exams will be given. The (cumulative) final exam
grade (as a %) will be substituted for one excused absence exam grade
(as a %). Barring exceptional circumstances, all subsequent missed
exams will receive a grade of zero. Because students often work in groups in
lab, absences hurt everyone and should be avoided. Make up labs will vary (and
may not be possible), depending on the circumstances of that week's
experiment. In some cases, students may be allowed to work outside scheduled
lab hours by first obtaining permission from a chemistry professor (who must
be in the building while they work and be notified when they leave), and then
having a "buddy" present.
Each chapter will have a set of recommended problems given for it (which
students are strongly encouraged to work). In
addition, many days there will be graded homework problems assigned. These are
due at the start of the next lecture (or as soon as you enter lecture, if
late), and we will go over the solution in that lecture. Many students find it
useful to keep a copy of the problem to review. No late homework will be
accepted and the lowest homework grade will be dropped. If you must be
absent, have someone else take notes and hand in any assignments for you.
for assigned problems and exams will be reviewed in class and/or posted. There
will be a Periodic Table quiz given in lab - you will be given a blank
periodic table and asked to fill it in with the proper symbols. For certain
elements, the properly spelled name will be required. Students must take at
least one periodic table quiz, with the best performance (of one, two, or
three attempts) counting. Other quizzes are possible.
All students will be required to research the descriptive chemistry of a group
of elements and make a one-period oral presentation on this topic in the last
lectures of the semester. Dr. Mahler will give a sample presentation earlier.
Each presentation will cover a chapter of the text. Suitable chapters include:
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 or 24. More details will follow.
Honesty: On all exams and lab reports, copying someone
else's work or allowing another to copy your work and submit it as their own
is academic dishonesty and can lead to penalties such as failing the
assignment or even dismissal from the college. Unless otherwise stated, all
work submitted for a grade should be your own work (although you can study
with others to understand the concepts). Always include citations for all
sources consulted in labs or homework to avoid plagiarism. For further
information on the college policy on academic dishonesty, see the Pathfinder
or Student Handbook.
Administrative procedures (withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of
the college and department. This syllabus and other class items (homework
keys) can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/spring2002/333syl.htm.
General Comments: Students are responsible for knowing material in the assigned
reading, problems, labs, and lectures. Working problems, studying and
understanding the material are keys to doing well. It is assumed that the
students are familiar with the background material in Chemistry, Physics and
Mathematics. While I am glad to help you in reviewing these topics, it is your
responsibility to make up any weaknesses or deficiencies you might have. Much of
the course material involves a high degree of conceptual understanding (not
simple memorization), so adequate preparation and study are essential. It is not
sufficient to learn the material from the lecture alone - you should read and
think about the topics covered before attending lecture. If you still
can't get a problem or concept, please see me for help. We will cover much
detailed and difficult material this semester, so our pace must be geared toward
those who are prepared to learn. In homework and exams be neat, box answers,
show your work and units (partial credit will be given).
Unsafe behavior in Lab will not be tolerated. Repeated unsafe behavior will
result in a zero for that lab. In lab: 1) Eyewear must be worn at all
times; 2) No eating, drinking, or smoking; 3) No horseplay; 4) No unauthorized,
'independent' experiments; 5) Wear enclosed shoes only; 6) Legs must be covered;
7) See the additional safety rules distributed at lab check-in. You are expected
to read the safety information given and to come to lab each week well prepared.
A safety evaluation will be conducted. Report all accidents and injuries
immediately. Know the location of all exits and emergency equipment (fire
extinguishers, blankets, eye-wash, first aid kit, etc.) When in doubt, ask.
Wearing contact lenses in lab is highly discouraged. If you do wear them in lab,
please let me know (no penalty - it is good to know in case of an accident).
Wear older clothes - they could be stained or ruined. Above all, use common
sense and your chemical intuition - THINK. As an experienced student chemist,
you will be working in many situations which demand your utmost care and
attention to protect the safety and health of yourself, your fellow students,
and the environment. Preparation and careful, patient work are needed to obtain
the results required in each experiment.
and Lab Reports:
Your Lab Notebook should be neat, well organized, up-to-date and complete, with
a Table of Contents. The Table of Contents should be updated with each
experiment. Leave room to record your data, the uncertainties in measurements,
and any observations about the experiment. Make a copy of each notebook page and
hand these in with the report. Each page should be clearly labeled with your
name, the date and the name of the experiment (abbreviations are OK). Notebooks
will be graded once during the semester. When working in groups, record the
names of your group members and also note who performed what tasks, i.e.
temperature data (from Jack), absorbance values (from Susie). Lab reports are
generally described in the lab write-up and in prelab. The Title, Objective,
Approach should be in your notebook before you start any experiment. When
working in groups, each member will submit their own lab report. A group may
submit only one copy of supplementary material (i.e. spectra, copy of an
article, etc.). Reports are generally due one week after completion of the lab
work - a deadline will be given for each experiment. Lab reports are considered
late at the end of the lab they are due in (but may be handed in early). Late
work will be penalized 5% per school day. Additional instructions and safety
information will be given in the prelab lectures.
Scores will be posted after exams using a secret, four character code chosen by
each student. If you prefer not to have your scores posted, let me know (in
writing) by 1/11/2002.
A review session will be held before each exam and the final (times to be chosen
in class). If possible, review notes will be posted that evening.
Laboratory Schedule for Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 333
Experiment (* means done in groups)
in, Symmetry Elements
to Silver to Gold, Crystal Growth
and SCN- complex synthesis (part I)
and SCN- complex characterization (part II)
BREAK - UV Dermatological Studies
V, Air Sensitive Synthesis*
V, Air Sensitive Synthesis*
V, Air Sensitive Synthesis*
Fun Lab, Check out
22 - 26 COMPREHENSIVE
ACS FINAL EXAMINATION
Schedules & Syllabi | Faculty
& Staff | Students & Alumni |
| Curriculum & Catalog | Facilities & Equipment | Tour | Safety & Links |
Back to the Chemistry Department Home Page!