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CHE 450G Fall 2007Practical Inorganic ChemistryDr. Fitzgerald B. Bramwell Lecture: 12 – 12:50 PM MW; CP-103307 Chemistry-Physics Lab: 1-3:50 PM MW; CP-301, [email protected] hours 11-11:50 AM MW or by appointmentTeaching Assistants: John Craddock, CP-020, 257-3484, [email protected] Ram Chamala, CP-325, 257-7230, [email protected] Pokharel, CP-325, 257-3484, [email protected] TextsG. S. Girolami, T. B. Rauchfuss, R. J. Angelici Synthesis and Technique in Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd Ed.G. L. Miessler; D. A. Tarr Inorganic Chemistry, 3nd Ed.A. Vincent Molecular Symmetry and Group TheorySupplementary Texts (optional and useful additions to your library)Z. Szafran; R. M. Pike; M. M. Singh Microscale Inorganic Chemistry: A ComprehensiveLaboratory ExperienceF. A. Cotton Basic Inorganic ChemistryK. F. Purcell; J. C. Kotz An Introduction to Inorganic ChemistryD. F. Shriver; P. W. Atkins; C. H. Langford Inorganic Chemistry, 4th Ed.Y. Jean; F. Volatron; J. Burdett An Introduction to Molecular OrbitalsF. A. Cotton; G. Wilkinson Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 5th Ed.Useful Course Information/Helpful LinksGeneral Information: Course Syllabus: Rules & Safety: and Instructions: Web Resources: Sets: Report Templates: additional assistance with writing assignments consult the Journal of the American Chemical Society(, instructor ([email protected] ), and University of Kentucky Writing Center( DistributionPursuant to University Regulations: "Our accreditation association and policy of the Graduate School require thatthere be different assignments and grading criteria for undergraduate students and graduate students in 400G and 500-level courses. For that reason, you will find differences in course requirements and/or grading criteria in this class, posted on the syllabus." Student Laboratory Experiments and Reports Homework In-Class Quizzes Exams Comprehensive Final ExamTotal Possible PointsUndergraduate 5 × 100 = 500 6 × 50 = 300 200 2 × 300 = 600 400 2000Graduate 6 × 100 = 600 8 × 50 = 400 200 3 × 300 = 900 400 2500Course Grade = [Acquired Points/Total Possible Points] × 100%: 100% < A < 90% < B < 80% < C < 70% < D < 60% < EScheduled Course Assignments and PoliciesUniversity Policy: “Regular course activities, such as homework, in class work, or laboratory practicums maycontinue as usual. A term paper assigned early in the course can be due during Dead Week, since students wouldhave been informed well in advance. Make-up exams may be given during Dead Week as well. (Dead Week - S.R. Completion of assigned work for a grade, or class attendance for a grade, in compliance with the priorannouncement provisions of SR (RC 11/02/05) is allowed.”CHE450G is a four-credit-hour course and as such will require significant time to (1) learn basics of InorganicChemistry theory, (2) perform laboratory experiments, and (3) write and complete formal J. Am. Chem. Soc.-stylereports (in manuscript format). As a general rule, at least 6 hours per week should be devoted to studying conceptsintroduced in class and the textbook; homework problem sets are considered in addition to this suggestion and willgenerally take 2-4 hours if these concepts are understood. Working in groups and scheduling office hours may alsoaid students in these efforts. Report writing times will depend on the individual but expect to take at least 5-6 hoursfor the construction of each report. If work, other courses, and/or other responsibilities will not allow for these timeinvestments, please see the instructor as soon as possible to discuss possible options.(1) ExamsScheduled exams (2, undergraduate; 3, graduate) will consist of roughly 50-70% of problems identical to thoseappearing in classroom discussions, quizzes, and homework. These exams will be held during evening hours onThursday evenings (6-8 PM) during the semester. The remainder of the exam material will require that you applythis acquired knowledge to a related problem and determine the correct answer that is consistent with the data. Thismethodology is intended to encourage “thinking outside the box” and practice deductive reasoning under “realworld” settings. The most important outcomes of your efforts is to know the basics of inorganic chemistry, thinkcritically about a particular reaction pathway or set of data, and predict/propose likely outcomes and/or reasons forthe observed behavior.Exam dates: Thursdays, October 12 and November 16, 6-8 PM.(2) Homework Problem SetsApproximately six homework sets will be assigned during the semester for undergraduate students; eight forgraduate students. These assignments are designed so that you practice and apply knowledge acquired during classand readings outside of class. Some assignments will require more time than others. Expect to spend at least 2 hoursper assignment.(3) In-Class QuizzesIn-class quizzes (unannounced, “pop quizzes”) are designed to assess your comprehension of assigned readingmaterials, in-class examples, and inorganic chemistry concepts as they are introduced. These short (5-10 min.)quizzes are intended to keep the class discussions at a reasonable pace, “encourage” student reading outside of classand in-class participation, and allow for feedback concerning comprehension of course topics and material.Generally, if the quizzes seem exceedingly difficult then you should allocate more time for studying the concepts,visit me during office hours, and/or ask more questions during class. If you have questions your peers almost certaindo too.(4) Laboratory Experiments and Reports Six laboratory experiments are available for this semester:(1) Optical Resolution of Co(en)33+ (Girolami 14)2(2) The Oxidation States of Tin

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