Dr. Michael Lufaso
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Office Hours: WF 9-11:30 am; Bldg/office - 50/2716
Lecture: MWF 1:00-1:50 pm, Bldg/lecture room - 2/1017
Textbook: Inorganic Chemistry - 5th edition - C.E. Housecroft and A.G. Sharpe
Syllabus Fall 2019
Lecture scores posted on UNF Canvas

Lecture notes:
Ch. 1
Chapter 1 - Basic Concepts: atoms

Ch. 2
Chapter 2 - Basic Concepts: molecules

Ch. 3
Chapter 3 - Introduction to molecular symmetry and Point Group Flowchart

Ch. 4
Chapter 4 - Experimental Techniques

Ch. 6
Chapter 6 - Structures and energetics of metallic and ionic solids

Ch. 7
Chapter 7 - Acids, bases and ions in aqueous solution
Ch. 8
Chapter 8 - Reduction and Oxidation
Ch. 19
Chapter 19 - d-block metal chemistry: general considerations
Ch. 20
Chapter 20 - d-block metal chemistry: coordination complexes


See the syllabus for examination dates.
Final Exam - Dates and Times

Companion website for textbook and student resources.
Electronegativity Scales Pauling, Allred-Rochow, Mulliken, and Mulliken-Jaffe Scales

Structure and Symmetry:
VSEPR Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion model
Pascal's Triangle
Inorganic Spectroscopy Tutorial IR, UV-Vis, NMR at the University of Alberta
Symmetry Resources, Tutorial, Gallery and Challenge at Otterbein College
Symmetry and Point Groups - Examples
Symmetry and Point Groups at reciprocalnet.org
Chemical Education Digital Library site
Character Tables for Group Theory provided by Atkins, de Paula and Friedman: Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change 2e

Symmetry and structure: readable group theory for chemists by Sidney Francis Alan Kettle
Group theory for chemists by George Davidson

Model Kit
Molecule Model Kits - MolecularVisions
Molymod inorganic/organic student molecular model set
IndigoInstruments.com - Chemistry Molecular Model Set

Inorganic nomenclature Chemguide
Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry: Recommendations 2005 By Neil. G. Connelly, Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain)

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On each exam day I am going to give you two examinations, one in chemistry and one in honesty. I hope you will pass them both, but if you must fail one, let it be chemistry, for there are many good people in this world today who cannot pass an examination in chemistry, but there are no good people in the world who cannot pass an examination in honesty.

(variation of a quote from Madison Sarratt (1891-1978), dean, Vanderbilt University)

Prerequisite knowledge:
A non-exhaustive list of incoming expectations for the Inorganic Chemistry lecture are listed below. The prerequisite courses are General Chemistry I/II, Quantitative Analytical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry I/II:

atomic structure (e.g. atomic numbers, mass numbers, isotopes, subatomic particles), dimensional analysis, periodic table, naming,ions and ionic compounds, stoichiometry, formula weights, interconverting masses and moles, thermochemistry, enthalpy, wave behavior of matter, quantum numbers, quantum mechanics and atomic orbitals, representations of orbitals (s,p,d,f), electron spin and Pauli exclusion principle, electron configurations, effective nuclear charge, group and periodic trends (sizes of atoms and ions, electron affinity, electronegativity, ionization energy), Lewis symbols and structures, ionic bonding and energetics, covalent bonding, molecular geometry, VSEPR, bonding theories (valence bond theory, hybridization), covalent bonding and orbital overlap, molecular orbitals for diatomic molecules, gas laws, phase changes, phase diagrams, structures of solids, unit cells, close packing of spheres, bonding in solids (molecular, covalent network, ionic, metallic), colligative properties, chemical kinetics (Ea, rate laws), acidity (pH, pKa), titrations, equilibrium (acid-base, solubility, common ion effect), Le Chatelier's Principle, classical thermodynamics and Laws of Thermodynamics, entropy, Gibbs Free energy, oxidation states, balancing oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions, Nernst equation, nuclear chemistry (e.g. radioactivity, decay), crystal field theory, electron configuration in complexes, nucleophiles and electrophiles, SN1 and SN2 reactions, spectroscopy (Visible, IR, UV, NMR)
Prequisite Quiz: Prequisite Quiz 2014

Review General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II
Chemistry Review Activities sciencegeek.net
Chemistry Links and Resources

Supplemental literature related to inorganic chemistry:
Inorganic Chemistry, 4th ed., Gary Miessler, Donald A. Tarr; Prentice Hall, 2010
Inorganic Chemistry, 5th ed., Duward F. Shriver, Peter W. Atkins, Tina Overton, Jonathan Rourke; W. H. Freeman, 2009
Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd ed., Duward F. Shriver, Peter W. Atkins, and C. H. Langford; W. H. Freeman and Co., New York, 1994
Concepts and models of inorganic chemistry 3rd, Bodie Eugene Douglas, Darl Hamilton McDaniel, John J. Alexander, Wiley, 1994
Inorganic chemistry: principles of structure and reactivity James E. Huheey, Ellen A. Keiter, Richard L. Keiter; Pearson Education, 2000
Inorganic Chemistry Vol 1, 3rd ed., Duward F. Shriver, Peter William Atkins; W. H. Freeman and Co., 1999
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