CHEM 245.20


January, 2013  


Dr. D. Klapstein


Office: PS3027.  Phone: 867-2469.  e-mail:



Inorganic Chemistry (4th Ed.) by Gary Miessler and Donald Tarr, 2011.


C-Block, NH 344 (Monday, 10:15 am, Wednesday, 9:15 am, Friday, 8:15 am)


Monday pm (2:15 -5:15) Room PSC 2010


Evaluation:          The final course mark will be calculated as follows:


10 %                                      15%

Term Tests (2).........................

40 %                                      25%(1)

April Exam.......................

35 %                                      40%


15 % (half from lab exam)   20%




  1. Midterm exam is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13th.
  2. Assignments will be due one week from the date they are handed out in class.
  3. Both the laboratory and theory sections must be passed in order to receive a passing grade for the course.
  4. Regular class attendance is strongly recommended.
  5. Tests and examinations must be taken on the day they are scheduled.  If a student misses a scheduled test or exam due to illness or personal reasons must supply a doctor’s certificate or note from the Dean in order to be eligible for a rewrite.  For more information, see the academic calendar.
  6. You can drop by my office for help.  My timetable will be posted on my door and online.  If you like, you may reserve an appointment.
  7. The final exam will date is not yet posted by the registrar. (You should plan to be around for the full examination period until the April exam schedule is posted.)


Chem 245 - Course Topics 2013

(Sections of Inorganic Chemistry, 4th edition, Miessler and Tarr)


Chapter 2 – Atomic Structure

            2.1 Historical Development of Atomic Theory

            2.2 The Schrödinger Equation

            2.3 Periodic Properties of Atoms


Chapter 3 – Simple Bonding Theory

            3.1 Lewis Electron-Dot Diagrams

            3.2 Valence Shell Electron-Pair Repulsion Theory

            3.3 Molecular Polarity

            3.4 Hydrogen Bonding


Chapter 5 – Molecular Orbitals

            5.1 Formation of Molecular Orbitals from Atomic Orbitals

            5.2 Homonuclear Diatomic Molecules

            5.3 Heteronuclear Diatomic Molecules

            5.4 Molecular Orbitals for Larger Molecules


Chapter 6 – Acid-Base and Donor-Acceptor Chemistry

            6.1 Acid-Base Concepts as Organizing Concepts

            6.2 Major Acid-Base Concepts

            6.3 Hard and Soft Acids and Bases

            6.4 Acid and Base Strength

            Extra: Coordination Complexes and the Chelate Effect


Chapter 7 – The Crystalline Solid State

            7.1 Formulas and Structures

            7.2 Thermodynamics of Ionic Crystal Formation

            7.3 Molecular Orbitals and Band Structure

            7.4 Superconductivity

            7.5 Bonding in Ionic Crystals

            7.6 Imperfections in Solids

            7.7 Silicates


Chapter 8 – Chemistry of the Main Group Elements: Groups 1 and 2, 13 to 18.