2020 Inorganic Chemistry

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Mori Takehiko 
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Tue7-8(W935)  Fri7-8(W935)  
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Course description and aims

(1) Surveying inorganic compounds.
(2) Mastering nomenclature of inorganic compounds.
(3) Investigating chemical bonds in molecules and molecular symmetry.
(4) Understanding oxidation and reduction.
(5) Understanding ligand-field theory of transition metal complexes.
(6) Knowing organometallic compounds.

Student learning outcomes

Surveying inorganic chemistry.


VSEPR, Molecular symmetry, Oxidation and reduction, Ligand-field theory, Organometallic compounds

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each lecture includes quiz.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Elements and periodic table To learn how to calculate the effective nuclear charge and understand ionic radii systematically.
Class 2 Molecule and the model Predict molecular structures using the VSEPR theory
Class 3 Molecular symmetry and point group Determine Schoenflies symbols and use character tables.
Class 4 Ionic solids and metals Understand structures of ionic crystals.
Class 5 Half reaction and battery in oxidation and reduction Redox potentials and electromotive force of batteries.
Class 6 Using potential data in oxidation and reduction Learn oxidation states using Latimer and Frost diagrams.
Class 7 Chemistry of main-group metals Compounds of main-group metals.
Class 8 Chemistry of main-group elements Compounds of main-group elements, and electron-deficient bonds in boranes.
Class 9 Transition metal chemistry Chemistry of transition-metal compounds.
Class 10 Transition metal complexes Chemistry of coordination compounds.
Class 11 Ligand-field theory Understand molecular orbitals of metal complexes using the ligand-field theory
Class 12 Organometallic compounds Learn organometallic compounds using the 18-electron rule.
Class 13 Presentation

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.


Ogino, Hida, and Okazaki Basic Inorganic Chemistry

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Atkins "Physical Chemistry" Ed. 10, Chapter 11.
Shriver & Atkins "Inorganic Chemistry"

Assessment criteria and methods

Quiz and Presentation

Related courses

  • MAT.A203 : Quantum Mechanics of Materials

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


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