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Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEMISTRY 333, 1996

"A study of modern theories of atomic and molecular structure and their relationships to the chemistry of selected elements and their compounds." The course is divided into three areas:
a) Atomic and Molecular Properties and Chemical Bonding
b) Coordination Chemistry (d-Metal Complexes)
c) Selected topics of solution and descriptive chemistry

Lecture: MWF, 10:15 - 11:05 a.m.; Lab: R 07:45 - 11:35 a.m.

Dr. David A. Franz Office: 321-4181 Home: 326-7594 E-mail: franz@lycoming.edu

MWF, 11:15 - 12:00 a.m.; MF, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.; or by appointment

Shriver, D. F.; Atkins, P.; Langford, C.H. Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Ed.; Freeman: New York, 1994.

Safety glasses and bound lab notebook required; no bare feet, sandals or shorts in lab. Written lab reports will be due one week following completion of each experiment. Late reports will be docked five points plus one point per day late.

There will be three hour exams and a comprehensive final (ACS Standardized).

A regular schedule of assignments will be made and must be completed when due. These assignments, as well as written lab reports, are considered take-home, open-book quizzes and will be graded. Students may consult the instructor for hints, and are welcome to consult literature sources, but must do their own work. Violations of this policy will be considered as cases of academic dishonesty (see next page).


   300      Hour Exams        
   140      Final Exam (100 ACS, 40 Descriptive Chem)   
   180      Lab Experiments (130) and Student Lecture (50)           
   180      Class, HW. Nomenclature Exam      
   800      TOTAL

Extra Credit: 3 pts added for each Colloquium attended, in excess of class absences. Class: 3 pts @ deducted in excess of 3 absences.

Letter grades will be assigned on the following basis:

100-88% = A   86-85% = B+   74-73% = C+   62-61% = D+   < 54% = F
    87% = A-  84-77% = B    72-65% = C    60-56% = D
              76-75% = B-   64-63% = C-   55-54% = D-

Week        General Topic                          Chapter   Laboratory
 1 Jan 08   Atomic Structure, Quantum Theory         1      1. Synthesis of CuCl
 2 Jan 15   Atomic & Periodic Properties             1      2. Synthesis of a Clathrate
 3 Jan 22   Crystal Structures; Ionic Solids         4      3. Glove Box Synthesis; Conductance
 4 Jan 29   EXAM I; Covalent Compounds               2      4a Schlenk-line synthesis
 5 Feb 05   Molecular Orbital Theory                 2         Work-up
 6 Feb 12   Molecular Shape & Symmetry               3         Spectral characterizations
 7 Feb 19   EXAM II; d-Metal Complexes - Descriptive 6      5. Synthesis of [Co(NH3)sCl]Cl2 
   Feb 26   SPRING BREAK
 8 Mar 04   d-Metal Complexes - Bonding              6      5b Synthesisof Unknown
 9 Mar 11   d-Metal Complexes - Reactions            6      5c Analysis for % H2O, % Co
10 Mar 18   d-Metal Complexes - Spectra             14      5d Equivalent Weight; Conductance
11 Mar 25   EXAM III; Acids & Bases                  5      5e IR & UV-VIS Spectra
12 Apr 01   Oxidation & Reduction                    7      5f Magnetic Susceptibility
13 Apr 08   Descriptive Chemistry - Student Lectures        6. Synthetic Tournament
14 Apr 15   Evals; Descriptive Chemistry - Student Lectures    Check-out
15 Apr 22   Final Exams

Academic Dishonesty: (From the Lycoming College Faculty Handbook, Section 5.)

Academic dishonesty is a willful perversion of truth, or stealing, cheating, or defrauding in instructional matters. Students will have engaged in academic dishonesty if they copied the work of another without attribution, willfully allowed another to copy their work, falsified information, submitted the work of another as though it was their own, or committed other acts of plagiarism or actions deemed to be dishonest by the instructor. Each instructor may, at the appropriate time, call to the students' attention the published statements in the college catalog regarding academic honesty. The instructor shall define for the students the limits within which the policy of academic honesty shall be applied, particularly in reference to plagiarism. First offense - When the instructor is confronted with and can prove an act of dishonesty, discretion should be used in disposing of the matter. If, in the instructor's judgment, the student acted in ignorance, it may serve little purpose to apply punitive measures when remedial action may be more appropriate. on the other hand, if the intent to be dishonest has been obvious and flagrant, punitive measures may be required. The punitive measures shall be either (a) a reduction in the course grade to a degree determined by the instructor, or (b) immediate expulsion from the course with a grade of "F" assigned. The instructor shall report each instance of academic dishonesty to the Dean of the College. The report shall contain all pertinent information, such as dates, names, the nature of the dishonesty, and the nature of the instructor's action.

Descriptive Chem - Student Lectures

Name of Student:
Group Selected ("first come, -first serve" but by Jan. 31):
Class Presentation Date:
Date of Preliminary Meeting:

Objectives of the Presentation

You are being asked to read and digest information concerning the chemistry of ycur selected group of the periodic table, then organize and present a formal "class" on this material. The objectives of this Presentation are: 1) to emphasize the important aspects of your group; 2) to clarify unclear areas in the text; 3) to supplement the material in the text; 4) mcst importankly, to bring this group, this part of "descriptive inorganic chemistry, alive for the class. How do members of the group relate to each other, and to the rest of the periodic table? How does the group relate to everyday life? In what ways does knowledge of this group help you to understand how and why things work? In other words, what is "neat" about this group?

Preliminary Meeting (One week prior to presentaticn)

At this meeting you shculd be able to show a solid familiarity with your group of the periodic table. In addition to the text reading, you should have read more on your group in additional sources. Be prepared to ask questions on material that is unclear. You should have definite ideas concerning the material you think should be presented in class. These ideas should be summarized in a one page "Tentative Preliminary Outline", which you should bring with you.

Final Outline and Exam Questions

One day before your class presentation you should turn in a "final outline" of your talk. Also submit three short essay or problem-type exam questions based on the material in your 1ecture and the reading. These wil1 be copied and distributed to the class on the day of your talk. Also submit a list of references; which you actually consulted, properly referenced in ACS format.

The Presentation

Prepare notes for your talk, but avoid reading from them. Have a good idea how long your presentation will last, and leave time for questions both during and after your talk. You are strongly encouraged to make appropriate use of the chalkboard, the overhead projector, and moleaular models.

Grading Summary for Class Presentation Score* x Weight - % Points

1. Preparatian for Preliminary Meeting,. including 'Tentative Preliminary Outline" /10 x 1 =
2. Quality and promptness of "Final Outline" and Exam Questions . /10 x 1 =
3. Class Presentation a. Student Evaluations - /10 x 1 =
b. Instructor Evaluation /10 x 2 =

Total 50 *10 = Excellent; 9 = Very Good; 8 = Good; 7 = Fair; 6 = Marginal; 5 = Poor; 4 = Poorer; 3 = Incredibly Poor; 2 = Head in the Sand; 1 = Hopeless

Descriptive Chem - Student Lectures

Topics and Schedule

Topics                            Chapter   Page Reference

The Metals                           8      315-371
Hydrogen and Its Compounds           9      373-411
Main Group Organometallics           10     412-454
Boron and Carbon Groups (13 & 14)    11     456-502
Nitrogen and Oygen Groups (15 & 16)  12     504-540
Halogens and Noble Gases (17 & 18)   L3     542-577
d- and f- Block Organometallics      16     659-707
Catalysis                            17     709-747
Structures and Properties of Solids  18     748-781
Bioinorganic Chemistry               19     782-818

Dates          Student           Topic     Date Preliminary Meeting
Mon. Apr 08 _______________ ______________ ___________________
Wed. Apr 10 _______________ ______________ ___________________
Fri. Apr 12 _______________ ______________ ___________________
Wed. Apr 17 _______________ ______________ __ ________________
Useful references in addition to vour text:

Cotton, F. A.; Wilkinson, G. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry; Wiley Interscience: New York

Greenwood, N.H.; Earnshaw, A. Chemistry of the Elements; Pergamon: Oxford, 1984

McQuarrie, D.A.; Rock, P.A. Descriptive Chemistry; Freeman: New York, 1985

Rochow, E.G. Modern Descriptive Chemistry; Saunders: Philadelphia, 1977

Wulfsberg, G. Principles of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry; Brooks/Cole: Monterey, CA, 1987

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