Chem 151B
Inorganic Chemistry II

Spring 2016




6/1/16: Problem Set 2 solutions posted. Also just for practice, won't be handed in.
Final exam from 2005 and mid-term from 2016 also posted.
For other possible exam questions about solid state chemistry,
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Instructor: Scott Oliver
PSB 258

Classes: T/Th, 10 to 11:45 am in PSB 136

Office Hours: T/Th, 1 to 2 pm in PSB 258. Other times can be arranged.

Supplementary Texts: The most recent editions have been placed on 1-day reserve in the Science & Engineering Library; check Cruzcat for older editions in the stacks.
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; rent: $29; new: $62 to $105; stay away from the $37 Indian paperback version).
D. F. Shriver & P. W. Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry, 6th ed.; W. H. Freeman and Co.: New York, NY, 2010 (QD151.5 .S57 2014; new: $175; rent: $23).
Gary L. Miessler, Paul J. Fischer & Donald A. Tarr, Inorganic Chemistry, 5th ed.; Pearson: Boston, MA, 2014 (QD151.3 .M54 2014; new: $182; rent: $100).
L. Smart and E. Moore, Solid State Chemistry, An Introduction, 4th ed.; CRC Press: New York, 2012. [QD478 .S53 2005; new: $55; Kindle rent: $17]
A. R. West, Solid State Chemistry and its Applications, 2nd ed.; Wiley: New York, 2014. [QD478 .W47 2014; new: $52; rent: $13]
A. R. West, Basic Solid State Chemistry, 2nd ed.; Wiley: New York, 1999. [Softcover version; QD478 .W47 1999 current cost: $25 used; rent: $19].
A. R. West, Solid State Chemistry and its Applications; Wiley: New York, 1984. [QD478 .W47 1984; new: $720; rent: $16]

Problem Set 1: 10%
Mid-term Exam: 25%
Essay/Presentation: 30%
Problem Set 2: 10%
Final exam: 25%

Exams: All exams are closed-book and no calculators are allowed. Model sets are ok. Each exam emphasizes the topics covered in lecture, sections of the textbook and problem sets. The final exam is cumulative but contains choice: answer 6 of 9 (mostly) themed questions.
Mid-Term Exam: Thursday, May 5th during class PSB 136
Final Exam: Tuesday, June 7th 8 to 11 am PSB 136

Assignments: There will be 2 homework assignments during the quarter and will consist of ~ 15 problems each. They are designed to help comprehend the lecture material, get feedback on problem solving and prepare for the exams. Optional practice problems will also be given and are not due. Solutions for both will be posted on the 151B website.

Lecture Notes: The course is self-contained: most notes will be written on the blackboard and some projector slides may also be used. Because the exams are based primarily on the lecture notes and discussion, attendance is highly recommended. Do feel free to ask questions during class, it only helps everybody! Announcements and any handouts will be placed on the 151B web site.

Tentative Course Topics
Inorganic Rings, Cages, Clusters, Chains and Polymer Chemistry Ch. 16
Trends in the Periodic Table Ch. 14, 18
Physical Inorganic Chemistry Ch. 15/West
Solid State/Materials Chemistry Ch. 7/West/Smart & Moore

Review: Introductory Inorganic and Transition Metal Chemistry
Introduction / What is Inorganic Chemistry Ch. 1
The Structure of the Atom Ch. 2
Symmetry and Group Theory Ch. 3
Bonding Models in Inorganic Chemistry Ch. 4, 5
Chemical Forces Ch. 8
Acid-Base Chemistry Ch. 9
Coordination Chemistry: Bonding, Spectra, and Magnetism Ch. 11
Reactions, Kinetics, and Mechanisms Ch. 13

Systematic Chemistry of the Elements: Ch. 12, 14, 17, 18
See: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Cotton and Wilkinson
Bioinorganic, Biomineralization and Biomaterials Chemistry Ch. 19