2018 Exercise in Inorganic Chemistry I

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Maeda Kazuhiko  Tamaki Yusuke  Sekine Akiko  Harada Makoto  Ohtsu Hiroyoshi  Takayama Tomoaki 
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Course description and aims

Inorganic chemistry covers a wide variety of disciplines, dealing with all elements in the periodic table. The aim of this exercise class is to obtain better understanding on “Inorganic Chemistry 1” through exercise problems.
The course starts with behaviors of electrons in atoms, which determine properties of elements, then moving on atomic parameters, changeable periodically, such as ionization energy, electron affinity, and electronegativity. In the molecular bonding theory section, the instructor tells you how to describe covalent molecules based on valence bond theory and VSEPR rule. Besides the basics of molecular orbital theory is introduced as a means of describing covalent molecules by referencing a simple diatomic molecule. The inorganic solids’ section includes the structures of ionic solids and metals, band theory, and the related thermodynamics. In the section of acid and base, the lecture begins with the definition of acid and base, and deals with factors governing acid strength by focusing on electronic configuration and molecular orbitals.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
(1) explain/understand properties of elements and ions, based on the periodic table of the elements.
(2) explain reactivity of chemical species and stability of compounds.
(3) explain chemical bonds that consist of various materials.
trough exercise problems.


Materials science, chemical bonding theory, physical property theory, solid state chemistry, acid and base

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students are given exercise problems in each class, which should be submitted as a report before starting a class. It is also requested that students should answer exercise problems using a black board during each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Atomic structure Explain the atomic structure and the correlation between each quantum number and atomic orbital. Explain the correlation between atomic orbital and potential energy based on shielding and penetration, and draw electronic configuration of atoms up to the 4th period.
Class 2 The periodic table and atomic properties (ionization energy, electron affinity) Explain changes in ionization energy and electron affinity on the periodic table of the elements, based on the correlation between atomic orbital and potential energy.
Class 3 The periodic table and atomic properties (electronegativity, atomic/ionic radius) Explain changes in electronegativity and atomic (ionic) radius on the periodic table of the elements, based on the correlation between atomic orbital and potential energy.
Class 4 Covalent bondings and molecular structure Explain bonding properties of p-block elements, based on electronic configuration and electronegativity.
Class 5 Valence bond theory and VSEPR rule Draw the structure of covalent molecules based on valence bond theory and VSEPR rule.
Class 6 Basics of molecular orbital theory Draw a diagram of molecular orbitals of diatomic molecules. Explain the corrections among bond order, bond length, and bond enthalpy.
Class 7 Inorganic solids and their bondings Explain factors that govern the crystal structure of ionic solids. Calculate lattice enthalpy based on the Born-Harber cycle. Explain a typical trend of lattice enthalpy of ionic solids.
Class 8 Acid and base Explain factors that govern Brønsted acidity, and do quantitative calculation. Explain factors that govern Lewis acidity, and the reactivity.


Textbook is distributed by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Shriver-Atkins, Mukikagaku(Jo) The 6th edition, Tokyo Kagakudojin
Katsuhiko Miyoshi, "Hajimetemanabudaigakunomukikagaku" Kagakudojin

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on exercise problems.

Related courses

  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM.B301 : Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B331 : Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • CHM.B335 : Chemistry of Solids

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

It is desirable to enroll in Inorganic Chemistry 1 in the same equator.

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