2016 Inorganic Chemistry (EPS course)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Yokoyama Tetsuya 
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Mon5-6(I2-318)  Thr5-6(I2-318)  
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Course description and aims

Materials in the universe, from stars to our bodies, are all composed of various elements. This course focuses on the understanding of the structure of atoms and the nature of elements that produced the diversity of materials constituting the earth and planets. The course also covers analytical techniques that provide useful geochemical data including classical and recent ones.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand:
1) the fundamental knowledge about inroganic chemistry and analytical chemistry that are required for studying earth and planetary sciences
2) the structure of atoms and nature of elements
3) distribution of elements in various earth's materials
4) analytical techniques for geosciences


Atoms, Molecules, Nature of elements, Elemental abundances, Analytical chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and prepare for the topics with handouts and references.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Structure of neclei Understanding of elements, atoms, and atomic mass
Class 2 Wave–particle duality Understanding of black-body radiation and photoelectric effect
Class 3 Schrödinger equation Derive Schrödinger equation for hydrogenic atom
Class 4 Atomic orbital Understanding of electronic structure of atoms
Class 5 Electron configuration of multielectron atoms and periodic table Understanding of the principle of the periodic table
Class 6 Atomic radius and ionization energy Understanding of the electron configuration and the size of atoms
Class 7 Structure of molecules Understanding of valence-bond theory and molecular orbital theory
Class 8 Hybrid orbital Understanding of sigma-bond, pi-bond, and sp3, sp2, and sp hybrid orbitals
Class 9 Crystals Understanding of Bravais lattices
Class 10 Geochemical classification of elements Understanding of lithophile, siderophile, chalcophile, and atomosphile elements
Class 11 Distribution of elements Understanding of partition coefficients
Class 12 Gravimetric analysis and volumetric analysis Understanding of analytical techniques for gravimetric and volumetric analyses
Class 13 Chemical separation Understanding of ion exchange chromatography and liquid-liquid extraction
Class 14 Spectroscopic analysis Understanding of atomic absorption spectroscopy and atomic emission spectroscopy
Class 15 Mass spectrometry Understanding of thermal ionization mass spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry


Handouts will be provided during the class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

P.W. Atkins "Atkins' Physical chemistry 10th edition" Oxford University Press
F.A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, P.L. Gaus, "Basic Inorganic chemistry, 3rd edition" Wiley
Y. Sano, Y. Takahashi "Geochemistry" Kyoritsu Shuppan (In Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of basic inorganic chemistry and analytical chemistry that are required for studying earth and planetary sciences.
Students' course scores are based on final exam (100%).

Related courses

  • EPS.B202 : Thermodynamics (EPS course)
  • EPS.A330 : Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry
  • LAS.A101 : Earth and Space Sciences A
  • LAS.A102 : Earth and Space Sciences B

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

No prerequisites

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