2020 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

The course focuses on fundamental principles and theories of inorganic chemistry with regard to chemical bondings, structures, properties and reactivities. The aim of this exercise 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 first 1-4 sections deal with fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, and the latter sections cover materials and phenomena that are familiar with us.

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, electrochemistry

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. Stuendts are required to leran outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes under the instructor's guidance.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Review of fundamentals in Basic Inorganic Chemistry Solve and review exercise problems in all chapters of Basic Inorganic Chemistry.
Class 2 The periodic table and atomic properties 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 Covalent bondings and molecular structure Explain bonding properties of p-block elements, based on electronic configuration and electronegativity.
Class 4 Molecular orbital theory and coordination chemistry Draw a diagram of molecular orbitals of diatomic molecules. Explain the corrections among bond order, bond length, and bond enthalpy.
Class 5 Inorganic solids and optical properties Explain optical properties of inorganic solids on the basis of understanding of their band diagrams and redox potentials.
Class 6 Acid and base Explain factors that govern Brønsted acidity, and do quantitative calculation. Explain factors that govern Lewis acidity, and the reactivity.
Class 7 Electrochemistry and fuel cells Explain chemical reactions in terms of Gibbs energy change using fuel cell as an example. Explain the arrangement of crystal plains of a platinum nanoparticle catalyst and its surface atomic numbers from the viewpoint of crystallography.

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.


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
  • LAS.C101 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but it is desirable to have acquired the Basic Inorganic Chemistry (LAS.C101).

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