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CHEM 430. Inorganic Chemistry 1

Credits: 4
Department: Chemistry
Description: Concepts of inorganic chemistry; electronic structures of atoms; crystal structure; chemical bonding including molecular orbital theory; nomenclature, bonding and structure of coordination compounds.
Prerequisites: CHEM 420
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Use atomic structure to predict nuclear stability, balance nuclear chemical equations. Use electron configuration to predict molecular structure and stability. Use various models of bonding to predict structure and reactivity.
2. Recognize and classify crystalline materials. Determine unit cell geometry. Determine the packing efficiency and hole sizes in crystal structures. Predict structures based on ionic radii. Predict physical properties of materials based on crystal structure.
3. Classify all materials based on the accepted definitions of acid base theory. Apply Lewis acid base theory to chemical reactions. Apply hard-soft acid base theory to predict stability, chemical reactivity, solubility, etc. Apply acid base chemistry to oxidation-reduction reactions. Use diagrams to predict oxidation-reduction reactions.
4. Determine symmetry of molecules and solid-state structures. Apply group theory to predict molecular spectroscopy.
5. Employ appropriate physical techniques to analyze materials and critically assess the merit of results. Construct methods to synthesize, purify, and characterize various materials including the appropriate handling of wastes generated and any safety precautions needed. Present the results of synthetic procedures to peers in a formal setting.

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