Chemistry 4334     Advanced Inorganic Chemistry                                       Fall 2006

MWF    11:00 am – 12:05 pm, Rm 200   Science Complex

 Instructor:        Dr. Danny McGuire                                                       
Office Hrs:        Room SC 226C
 Textbook:        Atkins, P., Shriver, D. Inorganic Chemistry, 4th ed., W. H. Freeman and Company:
York, NY, 2006.     
Prerequisite:    CHEM 3324, PHYS 1215, and MATH 2215

 Course Description:  An advanced study of the principles of inorganic chemistry.  Theoretical concepts to be included in the study are chemical bonding, acid-base chemistry, coordination chemistry, crystal field theory, and molecular orbital theory.  An investigation into periodicity of the elements in terms of the effect of atomic size, ionic size, and charge on various chemical properties will be pursued.


Exam 1, September 15, Friday
Exam 2, October 13, Wednesday
Exam 3, November 17, Friday
ACS Standardized Final Exam, December 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

                            Quizzes will be given every Wednesday or Friday toward the end of class
                            (except during exam weeks).


3 one-hour exams @ 100 pts each 
1 comprehensive final exam @ 200 pts 
10 quizzes (drop two lowest) 15 pts each 
1 Report (Due Nov. 22 by 5:00 pm)
Homework Set
total possible
300 (33.3%)
200 (22.2%)
120 (13.4%)
180  (20.0%)
100  (11.1%)
 900 (100.0%)

Grading         Grades will be assigned as follows:
Scale:             A:  90-100%; B:  80-89%; C:  70-79%; D:  60-69%; F: <60%
                       A:  810 pts.    B:  720 pts.  C: 630 pts.  D:  540 pts.  F: <540 pts.

No make-up exams or extra assignments will be given to compensate for a poor grade.  Only illness, court dates, and University sponsored events are acceptable excuses for missing an exam.  You must contact Dr. McGuire in advance if an exam is going to be missed.
                    Questions about the grading of any assignment should be brought to the instructor within
                    one week after the assignment is returned.

Drop Policy: Last day to withdraw with an automatic grade of W:  November 15, 2006
                      Last day to withdraw from all courses with assigned grades of W or F:  Friday, Dec. 1
                      No I’s will be given for poor performance.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend and be on time to ALL class meetings.  Students are                              responsible for all materials presented in class whether or not they are in attendance.

Studying:     It is important to study at home on a regular basis; working problems is the best way to                         learn chemistry.  The instructor will give suggested homework problems during class time.                      Take advantage of help sessions provided (office hours), but do not allow them to                       substitute for study time.  Finally, lectures will be clearer if you read the chapters before                     we cover them in class.

Academic    Cheating on any exam, quiz or lab report will be regarded as academic dishonesty and
Dishonesty: will be subject to penalties ranging from a zero on a given assignment to a final course                              grade of F depending on the seriousness of the incident.

Americans w/ Disabilities Act Compliance:  If any student feels that he/she has a disability and needs special accommodations, the instructor will work with that student and the Office of the Dean of Students  (326 North Shepler; 581-2209), to provide him/her a reasonable and fair opportunity to perform in this class.  Please advise the instructor of any such disability at the end of the first class period.

Tentative Lecture Schedule
Week of

August 21

August 28

September 4 

September 11 

September 18

September 23

            October 2 

October 9 

October 16 
No Classes
 on Oct. 19, 20

October 23 

October 30

November 6 

November 13 

November 20 

November 27 

December 2 

 Material to Examine

Chapter 1:  Atomic Structure

Chapter 2:  Molecular Structure and Bonding

Chapter 3:  The Structures of Simple Solids
     No Class on September 4th (Labor Day)

Chapter 3:  The Structures of Simple Solids
Exam #1:  September 15

Chapter 4:  Acids and Bases

Chapter 5:  Oxidation and Reduction                                                     September 29th, Convocation (NO CLASS)

Chapter 6:  Physical Techniques in Inorganic Chemistry

Chapter 7:  Molecular Symmetry

Chapter 8:  An Introduction to Coordination Chemistry
Exam #2:  October 13

Chapter 8:  An Introduction to Coordination Compounds

 Chapter 18:  The d-block Metals

Chapter 19:   d-Metal Complexes:  Electronic Structure and Spectra

Chapter 20:  Coordination Chemistry:  Reactions of Complexes
 Exam #3:  November 17

Chapter 20:  Coordination Chemistry:  Reactions of Complexes

Chapter 21:  d-Metal Organometallic Chemistry   

Chapter 26:  Biological Inorganic Chemistry

ACS Standardized Final Exam:  December 14, 1:00-3:00 pm


Inorganic Chemistry in Your Profession

The study of inorganic chemistry has increased exponentially in many fields.  A lot of the advancements in agriculture, petroleum, synthetics, medicine, and engineering are due to the growing knowledge and application of inorganic chemistry.  A brief list of examples due to these advancements include designing more efficient compounds to clean water supplies, development of more durable semi-conductors for computers, synthesizing better cancer fighting agents, and produce more efficient chemical catalysts to accomplish many types of reactions.

The purpose of doing this report is to show the student how inorganic chemistry is interrelated to his/her field of interest.  The requirements of the student are as follows:

1.     He/she needs to select a topic which incorporates a specific inorganic compound.  It may be a
        model compound for a particular active site on an enzyme, a specific medication, a catalyst,etc.
2.     Submit a paragraph describing the topic by September 20th to be approved by the instructor.
        If the topic is too broad, an additional week will be given for refinement.  If the topic is not
        approved, an additional two weeks will be given to find another.
3.     After the topic is approved, the student must write a ten-page report about the compound of
        interest.  Some ideas that could be incorporated into the report are:
a. finding the chemical structure of the compound,
b. how is the compound synthesized,
c. what are the side effects of the compound if used medicinally,
d. what are the benefits of using the compound,
e. is the compound environmentally safe,
f. is the compound hazardous in some way.


4.     The report must have a cover page listing the title of the report, the name of the course, your
        name and date, and the instructor’s name.  By the way, the cover page is NOT part of the ten
        required pages.
5.     The body of the text is ten pages.  The font must be 12 point Times New Roman.  It is to be
        double spaced with 1” margins at the top, bottom, and sides.  The pages are to be numbered.
        Graphs, diagrams, and charts are allowed.  Remember to cite them.
6.     The citation page will be the last page.  The student must use at least four primary sources of
        information.  The four primary sources should be from professional journals or monographs.
        Textbooks are (at best) secondary sources of information.  Copies of the cited work will be
        handed in with report.
7.     The internet may be used but not as a primary source.  It must be cited correctly and
        completely.  The full address must be given.  Be very cautious about the information obtained
        from the internet.
8.     Grammar is important.  It must be well written so get help if necessary.
9.     Points given will be based on structure, grammar, and content.  The report is due November
       22nd by 5:00 pm.  No extensions in time will be granted.  I will not take late reports.  Final
        drafts of the report will not be handed back.

Example of Citations: Journal Articles

1)     Treichel, P. M. and Rosenhein, L. D. "Synthesis of a Metal-Complex of Benzenethiol ;
        [Fe(C5H5)(CO)2(PhSH)]BF4 ; and Its Characterization as a Strong Acid", Inorg. Chem. 1981, 20, 942-944.
2)      Xao, Z. G., Lavery, M. J., Ayhan, M., Scrofani, S. D. B., Wilce, M. C. J., Guss, J. M., Tregloan, P. A., George,
        G. N. and Wedd, A. G. "The Rubredoxin From Clostridium-Pasteurianum : Mutation of the Iron Cysteinyl Ligands
        to Serine : Crystal and Molecular-Structures of Oxidized and Dithionite-Treated Forms of the Cys42Ser Mutant",
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 4135-4150.
3)      Peris, E., Mata, J. A. and Moliner, V. "IR Spectroscopic Study of Hydrogen Bonding Using a Metal Carbonyl
        Probe", J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. 1999, 3893-3898.

Example of Citations: Books

4)   Smith, B. C. Fundamentals of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy; CRC Press: New York, 1996.
5)   Jeffrey, G. A. An Introduction to Hydrogen Bonding; Oxford University Press: New York, 1997.

Example of Citation: Monograph

6)    Montanari, F. and Casella, L. Metalloporphyrins Catalyzed Oxidations; Kluwer Academic Publishers: Norwell, MA,
       1994; Vol. 17.