2021 Exercise in Inorganic Chemistry II

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Kawaguchi Hiroyuki  Uekusa Hidehiro  Ishida Yutaka  Tamaki Yusuke  Sekine Akiko  Harada Makoto 
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Course description and aims

This exercise course covers two fields. (1) This course focuses on fundamental principles and theories, including symmetry, point group, group theory, molecular orbitals, crystal field theory, and ligand field theory. This provides students with an introduction to the field of inorganic chemistry. The aim of this course is to provide a way of analyzing geometries, electronic structures, and spectroscopic data of inorganic compounds and metal complexes on the basis of group theory and molecular orbital theory.
(2) Strongly links to corresponding student laboratory experiments course, the aim of this course is to deepen the understanding and discussion of experiments on inorganic and analytical chemistry on electrochemistry, X-ray diffraction, and molecular symmetry, and to apply them to solving related problems. This provides students with an introduction to the variety of analytical and inorganic chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the relation between molecular geometrries and valence electrons.
2) Explain the geometry and electronic structure of metal complexes.
3) Explain electronic spectra and molecular vibrations in metal complexes.
4) Understanding the theory and data evaluation for experiments using potentiometry.
5) Evaluation of X-ray diffraction datea using basic crystallographic knowledge
6) Understanding of the symmetry of molecules using group theory and evaluation the data obtained in the spectrum measurement experiment.


point group, group theory, crystal field theory, ligand field theory, Wade's rule, Tanabe-Sugano's diagram, potentiometry, X-ray diffraction, FT-IR

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each class provides an outline of basic concepts and then give students excercise problems related to the topic covered there on that day. 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 Evaluation of hydration parameters using potentiometry Potentiometry is a relatively simple mechanism that combines titration and a potentiometer, but careful experimentation and analysis can estimate various parameters related to solvation (hydration). This section describes the theoretical approach, the derivation of hydration parameters from experimental data, and the evaluation of their values.
Class 2 Powder X-ray diffraction To easily confirm basic crystallographic knowledge and understand that the type of unit cell of a crystal can be determined by the extinction rule. Exercise to determine the type of unit cell and lattice constant of powder crystal from powder X-ray diffraction data.
Class 3 Molecular symmetry and point group 1 Exercise on molecular symmetry using group theory. Analyze the infrared absorption spectrum based on group theory and estimate the coordination structure of the complex
Class 4 Molecular symmetry and point group 2 Exercise on molecular symmetry using group theory. Analyze the infrared absorption spectrum based on group theory and estimate the coordination structure of the complex
Class 5 Metal complex 1 Exercise about metal complex. Explain the molecular structure and electronic structure of a metal complex.
Class 6 Metal complex 2 Exercise about metal complex. Explain the interaction between the central metal of the complex and the ligand. Explain the energy correlation diagram and the electronic spectrum.
Class 7 Total exercise Total exercise

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.


"Inorganic and analytical chemistry laboratory course text" Department of Chemistry.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1) Shriver and Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry
2) 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 quizzes and reports.

Related courses

  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM.B301 : Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CHM.B203 : Exercise in Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B205 : Laboratory Course in Basic Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B305 : Laboratory Course in Advanced Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

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

No prerequisites. However, this exercise strongly links to a student laboratory experiments course, so it is highly recommended to join the student labo experiment course.

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