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CHM 102: Basic Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisites (Desirable): CHM 101, CHM 103

Learning Objectives:

The concepts related to a fundamental understanding of inorganic chemistry, namely bonding, structure and reactivity shall be covered in this course.

Course Contents:

Concepts and principles of non transition metal chemistry: An overview of bonding models in inorganic chemistry, Chemical forces, Bent’s rule, Application of molecular orbital theory to polyatomic molecules (localized and delocalized orbitals), Walsh diagrams.

Main group Chemistry: General characteristics of s- and p-block elements [hydrides, oxides, halides], comparative study of second short period elements (B to F) with heavy congeners (Al to Cl). Electron deficient molecules, hyper-valency, concept of multi-centered bonding.

Oxidation and Reduction: The central role of transfer of electrons in chemical processes. The importance of splitting of water. Redox chemistry of extraction (Ellingham diagrams). Conversion of chemical energy into electricity. Batteries and modern state of solid state batteries, Fuel cells.

Transition metal complexes: General characteristics of transition metals and variable oxidation states. Types of ligands and stereochemistry of complexes. Preliminary idea about crystal field theory [CFT] (splitting of d-orbital energy levels for Oh, Td and square planar complexes), application of CFT to explain color and magnetism of transition metal complexes. Concept of 18 electron rule among transition metal complexes. Preliminary ideas about relationship of transition metal complexes and metalloenzymes.

Radioactivity and Nuclear Chemistry: The nature of radioactive radiations, detection and measurements. Theory of disintegration, disintegration series. Half-life and average life period, artificial radioactivity, applications. Nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, critical mass.

Analytical Chemistry: Errors in Chemical Analysis, Precision and Accuracy, Mean, Median, Range, Standard deviation in measurements.

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