Chem 151A
Inorganic Chemistry

Spring 2015




5/21/15: PS3 posted, due Monday, June 1st at 9:30 am.

4/27/15: PS2 posted, due Friday, May 8th at 9:30 am.



Instructor: Scott Oliver
PSB 258

Classes: M/W/F 9:30 to 10:40 am in PSB 110

Office Hours: W & Th 11 to noon in PSB 258. Other times can be arranged.

TA: Susan Citrak
Office Hours: T 10 to 11 am & F 11 am to noon in TBA

Discussion Sections
01A: W 8 to 9:10 am Thimann 101
01B: F 8 to 9:10 am Thimann 101
01C: Th 10 to 11:10 am Crown 203

Text: J. E. Huheey, E. A. Keiter & R. L. Keiter, Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and Reactivity, 4th ed.; HarperCollins College Publishers: New York, 1993 (QD151.2 .H84 1993; new: $62 to $105; rent: $26; stay away from the $37 Indian paperback version!).

Supplementary Texts (most recent version placed on 2-hour reserve in Science & Engineering Library; older editions for some available on stacks, check Cruzcat):
Gary L. Miessler, Paul J. Fischer & Donald A. Tarr, Inorganic Chemistry, 5th ed.; Pearson: Boston, MA, 2014 (QD151.3 .M54 2014).
D. F. Shriver & P. W. Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry, 5th ed.; W. H. Freeman and Co.: New York, NY, 2010 (QD151.5 .S57 2010). ("Recommended" the 2014 6th edition, again.)
Catherine E. Housecroft & Alan G. Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry, 4th ed.; Pearson: Essex, UK, 2012 (QD151.3 .H68 2012).
F. A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson & P. L. Gaus, Basic Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd ed.; Wiley: New York, NY, 1995 (QD151.2 .C69 1995).
F. A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C. A. Murillo, M. Bochmann, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 6th ed.; Wiley: New York, NY, 1999 (QD151.2 .C68 1999).

2 Mid-term Exams: 25% each
3 Assignments: 20% total
Final exam: 30%

All exams are closed-book and no calculators are allowed. Model sets are ok. Each mid-term exam emphasizes the topics covered in the preceding weeks, encompassing the corresponding lectures, sections of the textbook and problem sets. The final exam is cumulative but contains choice: answer 6 of 9 (mostly) themed questions.

Exam 1: Monday, April 20th during class PSB 110
Exam 2: Wednesday, May 13th during class PSB 110
Final Exam: Tuesday, June 9th 4 to 7:30 pm PSB 110

There will be 3 homework assignments during the quarter and will consist of ~ 10 problems each. They are designed to help comprehend the lecture material, get feedback on problem solving and prepare for the exams. Practice problems will also be given at the end of each chapter but will not be collected. Solutions for both will be posted on the 151A website.
Lecture Notes The course is self-contained: all notes are written on the blackboard and the exams are based primarily on the lecture notes. Do feel free to ask questions during class, it only helps everybody! Announcements and handouts will be placed on the 151A web site.


Lecture Topics and Reading Assignments
from Huheey, 4th ed.:

What Is Inorganic Chemistry Ch. 1 (Intro)
The Structure of the Atom Ch. 2 (Review)
Bonding Models in Inorganic Chemistry Ch. 5
Acid-Base Chemistry Ch. 9

Symmetry and Group Theory Ch. 3
Coordination Chemistry: Structure Ch. 12
Coordination Chemistry: Bonding, Spectra and Magnetism Ch. 11
Reactions, Kinetics and Mechanisms Ch. 13
Organometallic Chemistry Ch. 15

Solid State and Materials Chemistry (Chem 156C/256C/268) Ch. 7
Bioinorganic Chemistry (Chem 234) Ch. 19
Inorganic Polymers, Cluster Chemistry (Chem 151C) Ch. 16

Ch 4, 6: mostly Chem 1B
Ch. 14 and 17: mostly memorization; see: F. Albert Cotton et al., Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 6th Ed.