Instructor: Scott Oliver
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
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
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
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
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
Ch. 14 and 17: mostly memorization; see: F. Albert Cotton et al., Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 6th Ed.