AS.030.204 Chemical Structure and Bonding with Laboratory (Newly Designed Course in 2014)

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Last Updated: May 11, 2014



An introduction to the synthesis, structure, and reactivity of materials and inorganic compounds. Modern approaches to chemical bonding, including molecular orbital, ligand field, and crystal field theories, will be applied to understanding the physical and chemical properties of inorganic materials. Other topics to be discussed include magnetic properties, electronic spectra, magnetic resonance spectra, and reaction kinetics. The integrated laboratory will cover synthetic, measurement, and calculation methods of inorganic chemistry, and include hands-on exposure to state of the art materials research.

The material to be covered spans most chapters of the chosen text, with selected material from other resources as appropriate.

Class Times: MWF 9:00-9:50 AM
Lab Times: M, T, or Th 1:30-5:00 PM
Classrooms:Monday/Wednesday/FridayBloomberg 478 (building 10 on the campus map)
ExamsRemsen 101 (building 36 on the campus map)
LabsUTL G82/G84 (building 68 on the campus map)

Prof. Tyrel M. McQueen
Office: New Chemistry Building #312 and Bloomberg #301
Office Hours: Tuesday, Noon to 1 PM or just stopping by ("open door policy")

TA Office Hours: Mondays, 7-8 PM, UTL G89
On exam weeks, additional review sessions will be held on Wednesday, 7-8 PM, and Thursday, 3:30-4:30 PM

Lab DayTEACHING ASSISTANTSLocation to turn Write Ups In
Monday Thomas Pangia ( Box in NCB 105 (building 14 on the campus map)
Kathryn Arpino ( and Benjamin Trump (
Tuesday Timothy Barr ( Box in NCB 105 (building 14 on the campus map)
Patrick Rogler (
Thursday Brian DiMarco ( Box in NCB 105 (building 14 on the campus map)
Jan Paulo Zaragoza (

Required Text and Materials:

Supplementary Resources (all on reserve in the library):

Attendance to class, exam, and laboratory periods is required. Missed lab periods must be made up; except in exceptional circumstances, it is expected that lab makeups will occur during the same week as the lab period you missed. Missed exams cannot be made up. Instead, your grade for that exam will be assigned based on your performance in other exams (see below). Except in the case of sickness, absences from exams and lab periods must be excused at least 3 days in advance with documentation. In the case of sickness on exam days, Health and Wellness will provide notes and this documentation is required. In the case of sickeness on laboratory days, no note/documentation is required for the first absence, but is expected for subsequent absences. In ALL cases you MUST email TMM BEFORE the start of the exam or lab period. If you do not request permission BEFORE the start of the exam or lab period, you will receive a 0 for that exam or lab EVEN IF you provide documentation. In rare cases, an exam or lab will be excused in order to help you to recover from a serious illness, but these arrangements must be worked out in advance and with collaboration from Dean Boswell.

General Grading Policy

Point Distribution: 5% Watching Pre Lectures, 5% Pre Lecture Quizzes, 5% Class Participation, 25% Laboratory, 20% Laboratory Writeups/Problem Sets, 10% each of two hour exams, 20% final exam

Late Assignments: Problem sets will be marked off 50% for each day late. Late Pre Lectures receive zero credit.

Final grades will be assigned by looking at class averages, medians, and large point gaps between students. However, the following table indicates minimum grades awarded for a given percentage of points earned:

PercentageMinimum Grade

Final Course Results

Above is the final distribution of scores for Spring 2014. The letter grade distribution was: 35% A+/A/A-, 60% B+/B/B-, and 5% lower than B-.


Regrade Policy: If you believe that a mistake was made in grading your exam, you may submit a regrade request. A regrade request should be a clean sheet of paper with a short description of what was done wrong paperclipped to the front of your exam. TMM reserves the right to inspect the exam for other grading errors if you submit a regrade request. All regrade requests are due by the dates that will be posted here. Submission of a formal regrade request is required to have your exam score changed, but TMM is of course available to discuss any issues or problems you have.

Excused Exams: If you are appropriately excused from an exam (see above), your class rank on each of the exams you took will be determined, and the average of this rank will be calculated. For the exam you missed, the numerical grade for the student of this rank will be entered.

Laboratory Experiments

Your in-laboratory grade will be determined by the quality of your notes and observations as written down in your laboratory notebook. Laboratory notebooks are primary documentation and cannot be taken out of the laboratory, and instead will be turned into your TA at the conclusion of each laboratory period. You will be able to take the carbon copy of your notes in order to complete the associated problem sets / write ups.

The Care and Feeding of Your Lab Notebook (Lab Book Grading Sheet)

Lab Writeup Gradesheet (Example Writeup)

Homework Assigments

There are two kinds of homework assignments. Pre Lectures are short video lectures followed by an online quiz that are required to be completed by midnight prior to every class period. Problem Sets are associated with the laboratory experiments that you carry out and are due by 9 AM the following week (on the same day as your scheduled lab). If you have lab on Mondays, the questions from one lab are due by 9 AM the following Monday. If you have lab on Tuesdays, the questions from one lab are due by 9 AM the following Tuesday. If you have lab on Thursdays, the questions from one lab are due by 9 AM the following Thursday. Problem Sets are graded in the usual way, i.e. a number on a scale of 0 to 10. Pre Lectures are graded on an all-or-nothing (0 or 10 points) basis (for the purposes of grading any "passing" score on the Pre Lecture quiz will be awarded a full 10 points). If you do not pass the Pre Lecture quiz on the first attempt, you have an opportunity to watch a second (different) video lecture and have a second attempt at the problem(s), but only if the second attempt is also made before the deadline.

Independent Project Laboratory Report

DUE: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM

Your independent project laboratory report is due on the day given above. Reports will be accepted with no late penalty up to the beginning of the final exam (see date and time below). Reports turned in after the beginning of the final exam period will receive no credit.

Pre Lectures

1Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, January 26
1Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, January 28
1Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, January 30
2Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, February 2
2Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, February 4
2Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, February 6
3Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, February 9
3Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, February 11
3Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, February 13 No Prelecture (Exam)
4Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, February 16 No Prelecture (Rescheduled Exam)
4Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, February 18
4Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, February 20
5Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, February 23
5Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, February 25
5Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, February 27
6Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, March 2
6Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, March 4
6Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, March 6
7Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, March 9
7Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, March 11
7Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, March 13
8Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, March 23
8Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, March 25
8Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, March 27
9Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, March 30
9Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, April 1
9Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, April 3
10Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, April 6
10Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, April 8
10Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, April 10
11Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, April 13
11Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, April 15
11Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, April 17
12Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, April 20
12Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, April 22
12Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, April 24
13Monday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Sunday, April 27
13Wednesday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Tuesday, April 29
13Friday11:59:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, May 1

Laboratory Handouts

  1. Week 1 Lab: Safety Rules, Precautions, and The Art of Measurement
  2. Week 2 Lab: Spectrochemistry
  3. No Week 3 Lab (EXAM Week)
  4. Week 4 Lab: Symmetry
  5. Week 5 Lab: Quantum Dots
  6. Week 6 Lab: Kinetics
  7. Week 7 Lab: Solid State Synthesis
  8. Week 8 Lab: Metal Organic Frameworks
  9. No Week 9 Lab (EXAM Week)
  10. Week 10 Lab: Redox/Electrochemistry
  11. Week 11 Lab: Magnetic Properties (Full TEMPO Data: TEMPOMagnetizationData.csv, Sample size is 23 mg)
  12. Week 12/13 Lab: Independent Project Guidelines

Pre Lectures and Problem Sets will be posted here as they are required for class. Pre Lectures will be posted no later than 5 PM on the date of the previous class (so a Wednesday prelecture link will appear here by 5 PM on Monday), but will sometimes be posted earlier. Lab handouts will typically be posted by 5 PM Friday of the previous week.

Tentative Schedule (can and will change!)
Class WeekTopicLaboratory
Week 1 (1/27-1/31): Solid State Structures (1.5 lectures), Coordination Chemistry: Structures (1.5 lectures) [GER Ch. 7, GER Ch. 2] Safety and the Art of Measurement
Week 2 (2/3-2/7): Coordination Chemistry: Structures and Isomers (1 lecture), Crystal Fields and Spectrochemical Series (2 lectures) [GER Ch. 3, GER Ch. 4] Spectrochemistry Lab
Week 3 (2/10-2/14): Symmetry as an Organizing Principle (1 lecture), Effective Presentation of Scientific Data (1 lecture), HOUR EXAM 1 [GER Ch. 4, M&T Ch. 4, TMMHO] No Lab (exam Friday)
Week 4 (2/17-2/21): RESCHEDULED HOUR EXAM 1, Symmetry Continued: Point groups (2 lectures) [GET Ch. 4, M&T Ch. 4] Symmetry Lab
Week 5 (2/24-2/28): Symmetry Continued: Point Groups (2 lectures), Beyond CFT: MO Theory (1 lecture) [M&T Ch. 5] Quantum Dots Lab
Week 6 (3/3-3/7): Beyond CFT: MO Theory (1.5 lectures), From MO Theory to Spectroscopy (1.5 lectures) [M&T Ch. 11] Kinetics Lab
Week 7 (3/10-3/14): Spectroscopy to Reaction Mechanisms [GER Ch. 5] Solid State Synthesis Lab
Spring Break Week (3/17-3/21)
Week 8 (3/24-3/28): Donor-Acceptor Chemistry [GER Ch. 6, M&T Ch. 6] MOF Lab
Week 9 (3/31-4/4): Inorganic Complex Reactivity (2 lectures), HOUR EXAM 2 [M&T Ch. 12] No Lab (exam Friday)
Week 10 (4/7-4/11): Effective Literature Searching (1 lecture), From Inorganic Complex Reactivity (1 lecture) to Electrochemistry (1 lecture) [A&J Ch. 14] Redox/Electrochemistry Lab
Week 11 (4/14-4/18): Electrochemistry (1 lecture) to Products and Magnetism (2 lectures) [TMMHO] Magnetic Properties Lab
Week 12 (4/21-4/25): Inorganic and Solid State Reactivity [TMMHO] Independent Project 1
Week 13 (4/28-5/2): Bringing It All Together: Symmetry, Group Theory for Catalysis and Energy Conversion [TMMHO] Independent Project Continued
Saturday, May 10th Final Exam (scheduled by registrar) 9 AM - Noon

Extra Reference Material

Efficient Reading of Papers In Science and Technology
Structure Visualization
Example Exam 1 Questions
Applying Symmetry to a Problem
Example Exam 2 Questions
Crystal Field Splittings

These will be posted here as mentioned in the class.

Lecture Notes

As a matter of course policy, lecture notes are not available online. You are welcome to stop by TMM's office to view them anytime.

Audit Policy

This course is not open for auditing.

Late Adds

You may add this course after the start of the semester. You must, however, contact TMM directly to make arrangements to make up any important work you may have missed.

Disability Accommodations:

If you are a student with a disability or believe you might have a disability that requires accommodations, please contact Dr. Brent Mosser in Student Disability Services, 385 Garland, (410)516-4720,

Honor Code

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. You may collaborate with other students in this course, but you must acknowledge this collaboration. Furthermore, you should collaborate with others rather than simply copying the ideas or solutions of others. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, and facilitating academic dishonesty. For more information, see the guide on "Academic Ethics for Undergraduates" and the Ethics Board web site (