Last Updated: December 8, 2011

FALL 2011


Survey of the principles of the structure and properties of inorganic compounds, including:

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

Class Times: TTh 9:00-10:15 AM
Classroom: Remsen 233 (building 36 on the campus map)

Prof. Tyrel M. McQueen
Office: New Chemistry Building #312 and Bloomberg #301
Office Hours: by appointment or just stopping by ("open door policy")

Patrick Cottingham
Mailbox: New Chemistry Building, 1st Floor Mailroom

Grading: 56% Homework, 11% each of two hour exams, 22% final exam

Required Text:

Supplementary Resources:


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 listed below. 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.

Homework Assigments

There are two kinds of homework assignments. Short assignments are handed out every Tuesday and due at the beginning of class on Thursday. Long assignments are given out on Thursday and due at the beginning of class the following Tuesday. Long assignments are graded in the usual way, i.e. a number on a scale of 0 to 20. Short assignments are graded on an all-or-nothing (0 or 5 points) basis. If a Short score is 0, you have an opportunity to redo the assignment and turn it in on the next homework due date for a regrade, but only if the first attempt was a serious one (i.e. not just a blank page).



Assignments will be posted here as they are handed out in class.

Tentative Schedule (can and will change!)
Week 1 (8/29-9/2): Atomic Structure [M&T Ch. 2]
Week 2 (9/5-9/9, no class Monday): Simple Bonding Theory [M&T Ch. 3]
Week 3 (9/12-9/16): Bonding Theory Continued, Symmetry and Group Theory [M&T Ch. 3,4]
Week 4 (9/19-9/23): From Group Theory to Molecular Orbitals [M&T Ch. 4,5]
Week 5 (9/26-9/30): Molecular Orbitals Continued, HOUR EXAM 1 [M&T Ch. 5]
Week 6 (10/3-10/7): Acid-Base and Donor-Acceptor Chemistry [M&T Ch. 6]
Week 7 (10/10-10/14, Monday Classes held Tuesday): Solid State Chemistry [M&T Ch. 7]
Week 8 (10/17-10/21): Solid State Chemistry Continued, Coordination Chemistry [M&T Ch. 7,9]
Week 9 (10/24-10/28): Coordination Chemistry Continued, HOUR EXAM 2 [M&T Ch. 9]
Week 10 (10/31-11/04): Coordination Chemistry and Bonding [M&T Ch. 10]
Week 11 (11/7-11/11): Electronic Spectroscopy [M&T Ch. 11]
Week 12 (11/14-11/18): Kinetics, Organometallic Chemistry [M&T Ch. 12, M&T Ch. 13]
Week 13 (11/21-11/25, No Class Wednesday to Friday): Inorganic Reactivity [M&T Ch. 14]
Week 14 (11/28-12/2): Inorganic Reactivity Continued, DEMO DAY [M&T Ch. 14, TMMHO]
Final: 9 AM - Noon, Friday, December 16th


These will be posted 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.

Honor Code

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. 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.