2020 Inorganic Chemistry I

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Maeda Kazuhiko 
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Mon3-4(W935)  Thr3-4(W935)  
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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 class is to understand properties of elements and their compounds (e.g., chemical bonds, physical property, and reactivity) by focusing on electronic structures of atoms and molecules. The lecture 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. The reduction and oxidation section deals with the basic principle of electrochemical cell and the related fundamentals from the viewpoint of thermodynamics.
This class requests you to acquire fundamental knowledge on inorganic chemistry, thereby establishing a strong backbone toward upcoming more advanced classes. By repeating to ask yourself “why it is so?” and “why something happens?” and striving to gain essence of inorganic chemistry, you will be able to have a strong general foundation that may help you to understand a wide range of chemistry.

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.


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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Topics change every 2-3 lessons. In each class, students are given exercise and homework related to what is taught on that day.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introductory lecture on inorganic chemistry, and the objectives of this class. Explain the course objectives including reviews of the 1st grade chemistry classes.
Class 2 Atomic structure - The periodic table of the elements - Electronic configuration - Hund’s rule and Pauli’s exclusion law 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 3 The periodic table and atomic properties - The periodic table of the elements - 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 4 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 5 Covalent bondings and molecular structure - Lewis structures - The octet rule - Resonance - Oxidation number and valence - Structures and bonding characters Draw Lewis structure of covalent molecules based on the octet rule, and decide the oxidation number. Explain bonding properties of p-block elements, based on electronic configuration and electronegativity.
Class 6 Covalent bondings and molecular structure - Valence bond theory - VSEPR rule - Basics of molecular orbital theory Draw the structure of covalent molecules based on valence bond theory and VSEPR rule. Draw the basic concept of molecular orbital theory by referencing a typical diatomic molecule.
Class 7 Inorganic solids and their bondings - Classification of solids - Band theory - The structures of metals and their bondings - Ionic solids Classify solids in terms of electron conductivity and draw band structures. Explain factors that govern the crystal structure of ionic solids.
Class 8 Inorganic solids and their bondings - Color and light absorption Explain the origin of color and light absorption of typical inorganic solids.
Class 9 Inorganic solids and their bondings - Lattice defects - Lattice enthalpy - Born-Harber cycle Explain why lattice defects are generated in crystalline solids in terms of thermodynamics. Explain what lattice enthalpy is, and calculate it based on the Born-Harber cycle.
Class 10 Acid and base - Brønsted acidity - Superacids - Leveling effect - Acidic/basic oxides Explain factors that govern Brønsted acidity by referencing polybasic acid and hydrogen halides. Explain what superacids are and how their acidity is quantitatively evaluated. Explain periodical change in acidity and basicity of oxides, based on their bonding character.
Class 11 Acid and base - Lewis acidity - HSAB theory - Solid acids Explain what hard and soft in Lewis acids/bases mean, and the reactivity of them.
Class 12 Oxidation and reduction - Standard electrode potential - Electrochemical cell - Nernst equation Explain the basic principle of electrochemical cell from the viewpoint of thermodynamics.
Class 13 Oxidation and reduction - Latimer diagram - Frost diagram - Pourbaix diagram Explain the Latimer, Frost and Pourbaix diagrams, and solve the related exercises.
Class 14 Summary of the course Solve and review exercise problems in all classes.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Shriver-Atkins, Mukikagaku(Jo) The 6th edition, Tokyo Kagakudojin

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Katsuhiko Miyoshi, "Hajimetemanabudaigakunomukikagaku" Kagakudojin
Additional documents may be distributed via OCW-i by the instructor if necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on the exercise problems. Detail will be explained in the first lecture.

Related courses

  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B301 : Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CHM.B331 : Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • CHM.B335 : Chemistry of Solids
  • CHM.B203 : Exercise in Inorganic Chemistry I

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

No prerequisites, but enrollment in the related courses (Basic Inorganic Chemistry, Basic Quantum Chemistry, Basic Organic Chemistry, and Basic Chemical Thermodynamics) is desirable.

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