Course title
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

tachibana masahiko

lee so yoon
Course description
We will conduct online teaching for this course in Fall 2021.
This course will focus on the molecular structures and properties of inorganic complexes and compounds. We will study concepts in bonding, trends in periodic properties, molecular symmetry and its relationship to spectra, solid-state, reaction mechanisms, coordination chemistry, and descriptive chemistry of selected elements.Lectures organize the material, outline goals and cover the basic principles of each topic. It is expected that students will read the textbook and work the problems as appropriate to augment the material presented in the class.Students must have followed the “Basic Chemistry” course or have demonstrated proficiency in chemistry at IB standard level, and consequently the “General Chemistry A” and “General Chemistry B” as prerequisites to be admitted to this course.
Purpose of class
The aim of this course is to help students acquire an understanding of the principles of inorganic chemistry on the academic level.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. The students understands the properties of gases, the laws of thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium
2. The student understands quantum theory, molecular dynamics, and reactions between atoms and molecules
3. The student is able to give a presentation on a topic of his choice selected from the classes
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction
- Breif history of chemistry
- Review of Basic Principles of Chemistry: atom, electron, ion, molecule, acid/base, redox
lecture review at home 90分
2. Bonding
- Lewis acid and base theory
- Metallic, Ionic, and Covalent bonding
- Semiconductors
lecture review at home 180分
3. Periodic Table
- Ionization Potential and Electronegativity
- Main Group Elements
- d-block and f-block Transition-Metal Elements
lecture review at home 180分
4. Molecular Shape and Symmetry
- Valence-Shell Electron-Pair Repulsion (VESPR) theory
- Group Theory and the Point Group of simple Molecules
- Vibrational Spectroscopy
lecture review at home 180分
5. Coordination Chemistry
- Coordinate bond in Werner type Complexes
- Metal-Carbon bond in Organometallics
lecture review at home 180分
6. Solution
- Aqueous and Non-aqueous Solutions
- Formation of Metal Complexes and Chelate Effect
- Characteristics of typical Non-aqueous Solvents
lecture review at home 180分
7. Exam #1
- Exam regarding classes 2-6
- Review and Discussion over Exam questions
preparation for exam #1 240分
8. Reaction Mechanisms
- Electron Transfer Mechanism in Redox Reaction
- Electrolysis and Cell Reaction
lecture review at home 180分
9. Chemistry of Hydrogen, Alkaline Metals and Halogen
- Hydrogen bonding
- Metal Hydrides
- Alkali Halides
lecture review at home 180分
10. Chemistry of Other Main Group Elements
- Chemistry of Metallic Elements
- Chemistry of Oxygen and Non-Metallic Elements
- Chemistry of Semi-Metallic Elements
lecture review at home 180分
11. Chemistry of Transition Group Elements
- Chemistry of lighter d-group Elements
- Chemistry of heavier d-group Elements
- Chemistry of f-group Elements
lecture review at home 180分
12. Inorganic Solid Materials
- Magnetism of Metal Oxides and Superconductors
- Lithium Ion Batteries
- Inorganic Fibers and Graphen
recture review at home 180分
13. Exam #2
- Exam regarding classes 8-12
- Review and Discussion over Exam questions
preparation for exam #2 240分
14. Final Pressentation preparation for final presentation 280分
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Exams Presentation Total.
1. 30% 30%
2. 30% 30%
3. 40% 40%
Total. 60% 40% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Exam #1 will contribute 30% to final grade.
Exam #2 will contribute 30% to final grade.
The presentation will contribute 40% of final grade
To pass the student must earn a total score of 60% or more.
Textbooks and reference materials
C. E. Housecroft and A. G. Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry, 5th ed., Pearson (2018)
General Chemistry A, General Chemistry B
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Contact via e-mail, the e-mail addresses to Masahiko Tachibana:
  • Contact via e-mail, the e-mail addresses to So-Yoon Lee:
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
About half of the classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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