2022 Inorganic Chemistry (Elements and Compounds)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Takao Toshiro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] This course illustrates the diversity and fascination of inorganic chemistry through the properties and utilities of s- and p-block elements in the periodic table together with the unique chemistry of hydrogen.
[Aim of the lecture] To understand the origin of the function of widely used materials, such as hydrogen absorbing alloys, lithium batteries, and magnesium alloys, tells us how inorganic chemistry is closely related to everyday life. In addition, it is essential for designing novel functional materials to realize the peculiar nature and feature of elements. This course covers the systematic explanation of the groups 1, 2, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 elements in order to learn periodic trends in the properties of the elements. Students understand the basic nature of each element as well as their diversity, and also understand how these feature affect the peculiar nature and function of the compounds.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Ability to explain the basic nature of s- and p-block elements in the periodic table, and understand the diversity of the elements.
2) Ability to explain how the peculiar nature and feature of elements determine the property of compounds.


Hydrogen, s-block elements, p-block elements, functional materials

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture will proceeds in the following order: (1) the chemistry of hydrogen, (2) the chemistry of s-block elements (groups 1 and 2), (3) the chemistry of p-block elements (groups 13-18). In the last day, final examination is set to assess the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Hydrogen Explain the unique property of hydrogen and chemical property of its binary compounds.
Class 2 The groups 1 and 2 elements; The s-block metals Explain the production and utility of the groups 1 and 2 elements as well as their chemical properties.
Class 3 The group 13 elements Explain the production and utility of the group 13 elements, and realize the characteristic trends in the p-block elements.
Class 4 The group 14 elements Explain the importance of the group 14 elements for life and functional materials.
Class 5 The group 15 and 16 elements Explain the diversity of the group 15 elements owing to the various oxidation states.
Class 6 The groups 17 and 18 elements Explain the structure of various compounds consisting of halogens, halogen and oxygen, halogen and noble gas, based on the VSEPR model.states.
Class 7 Practice problems to assess the level of understanding and explanation of the answers Understand the course contents and solve practice problems.

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.


P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, "Inorganic Chemistry", 6th Ed., Oxford University Press; ISBN: 978-0199641826.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1) None required.
2) All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Final examination (70%), level of class participation (30%) which is assessed by small quizzes and so on.

Related courses

  • CAP.B221 : Inorganic Chemistry I (Chemical Bonding)
  • CAP.B222 : Inorganic Chemistry II (Chemical Reactions and Structures of Solids)
  • CAP.B223 : Inorganic Chemistry (Materials Science)
  • CAP.A371 : Inorganic Chemistry (Theory I)
  • CAP.A372 : Inorganic Chemistry (Theory II)

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses (Inorganic Chemistry I (Bonding) (CAP.B221), (Inorganic Chemistry II (Chemical Reactions and Structures of Solids) (CAP.B222), and Inorganic Chemistry (Materials Science) (CAP.B223)) is desirable.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Toshiro Takao (takao.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp, ext.2580)

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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