2020 Inorganic Chemistry II

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Kawaguchi Hiroyuki 
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Mon1-2(H112)  Thr1-2(H112)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on important trends in the properties of the elements and their compounds, and covers the fundamentals of atomic and molecular structure from the inorganic chemistry point of view. This represents a detailed discussion of properties of s-block elements, p-block elements, d-block elements, f-block elements, and their compounds.

Inorganic chemistry provides a way of comprehending properties of elements and their compounds, and forms a basis for preparing new materials. This course facilitates students' development of knowledge in elements and their compounds on a systematic basis.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain structures and properties of main-group element compounds.
2) Explain structures and properties of d-block and f-block element compounds.
3) Explain structures, bonding, electronic states, and reactions of coordination compounds.


s-block elements, p-block elements, d-block elements, f-block elements, coordination compounds

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course starts by explaining properties of hydrogen, main group elements, and their compounds, and then focuses on coordination chemistry.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Hydrogen Explain properties of hydrogen.
Class 2 s-Block elements Explain properties of alkali and alkaline earth elements.
Class 3 p-Block elements (1) - periodicity Expalin the periodicity of properties of main group elements.
Class 4 p-Block elements (2) - hypervalent molecules Expalin strucutres and bonding in hypervalent molecules.
Class 5 p-Block elements (3) - electron deficient molecules, Wade's rule Explain structures and bonding in eletron deficient molecules.
Class 6 p-Block elements (4) - hydrides, halides Explain properties of hydrides and halides.
Class 7 p-Block elements (5) - oxides, sulfides, nitrides Explain properties of oxides, sulfides, and nitrides.
Class 8 d-Block elements Explain properties of d-block elements and theris compounds.
Class 9 f-Block elements Explain properties of f-block elements and theris compounds.
Class 10 Coordination Chemistry (1) - structures Explain structures of metal complexes.
Class 11 Coordination Chemistry (2) - bonding Explain interactions between a metal center and ligands in coordination compounds.
Class 12 Coordination Chemistry (3) - crystal field theory, ligand field theory Explain properties of coordination compounds by using ligand field theory.
Class 13 Coordination Chemistry (4) - electronic spectra Explain electronic spectra of coordination compounds.
Class 14 Coordination Chemistry (5) -reactions Explain reactions of coordination compounds.

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 and Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of basic topics of inorganic chemistry covered in the course will be assessed by the final exam (100%).

Related courses

  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • LAS.C101 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry

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

No prerequisites.

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