CHEM202: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Course Syllabus for "CHEM202: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry"

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry is designed to give you the knowledge to explain everyday phenomena of inorganic complexes. You will study the various aspects of their physical and chemical properties and learn how to determine the practical applications that these complexes can have in industrial, analytical, and medicinal chemistry. This course will begin with the discussion of symmetry and point group theory and its applications in the field of vibrational spectroscopy. We will then study molecular orbital (MO) theory specifically applied to metal organic complexes. MO theory will be critical in understanding the following: 1) the relative position of ligands in the spectrochemical series, 2) the electronic transitions and related selection rules, and 3) the application of spectroscopy of metals. The course will then move onto the study of the oxidation states of transition metals and their redox properties. A firm grasp of the chemical redox properties of transition metals is critical to understanding their reaction mechanisms and stability in solution. We will then look at catalysis reactions utilizing inorganic complexes, including industrial practices. Lastly, we will take a look at some real-world applications of transition metal complexes in the fields of medicinal chemistry, solar energy, electronic displays, and batteries.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain symmetry and point group theory and demonstrate knowledge of the mathematical method by which aspects of molecular symmetry can be determined.
  • Use molecular symmetry to predict or explain the chemical properties of a molecule, such as dipole moment and allowed spectroscopic transitions.
  • Construct simple molecular orbital diagrams and obtain bonding information from them.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR), which is used for predicting the shapes of individual molecules.
  • Explain spectroscopic information obtained from coordination complexes.
  • Identify the chemical and physical properties of transition metals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of transition metal organometallics.
  • Define the role of catalysts and explain how they affect the activation energy and reaction rate of a chemical reaction.
  • Identify the mechanisms of both ligand substitution and redox processes in transition metal complexes.
  • Discuss some current, real-world applications of transition metal complexes in the fields of medicinal chemistry, solar energy, electronic displays, and ion batteries. 

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g. Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.).

√    Have competency in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

√    Have completed all “Prerequisites” of the Chemistry discipline (CHEM001: Introduction to Mechanics,CHEM002: Introduction to Electromagnetism, CHEM003: Single-Variable Calculus I, and CHEM004: Single-Variable Calculus II).

√    Have completed General Chemistry I & II (CHEM101& CHEM102), Organic Chemistry I (CHEM103), Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM107), and Analytical Chemistry (CHEM108) as listed in “The Core Program” of the Chemistry discipline.

Course Information

Welcome to CHEM 202.  Below, please find general information on this course and its requirements.

Course Designer: Joanna Smithback, Ph.D.

Primary Resources:  This course utilizes several free, online resources; however, the majority of information is taken from the following sites:

Requirements for Completion: This course comprises a variety of lectures and reading materials.  Several of the reading assignments contain practice problems to guide your learning.  To successfully complete this course, you must score at least a 70% on the cumulative final.

Time Commitment: This course should take approximately 108 hours to complete, exclusive of the final exam.  The 50-question exam should take no more than 2 hours.

Tips/Suggestions: The material in this course is progressive.  If you find that you are having difficulty understanding some of the concepts, it is suggested that you revisit the previous unit of this course or review the information contained in the prerequisite courses.