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Lycoming College  ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 333  Spring 2000  Dr. Mahler

Instructor: Dr. Charles H. Mahler, Phone 321-4351 or 322-8840 (h), mahler@lycoming.edu
Office Hours: Heim 202, MWF 11:10 AM - noon, MW 1-2 PM, by appointment, or drop by.

CLASS meets MWF from 10:15 to 11:05 AM in Heim 215.
LAB meets R from 7:45 to 11:35 AM in Heim 207.

Materials for Course: "Concepts and Models of Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd Ed." Bodie Douglas, Darl McDaniel, and John Alexander; Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions (no sharing allowed in exams); Bound Laboratory Notebook with quadrille pages (for lab use only); Safety Glasses or Goggles; Closed Shoes (Lab Coat or Apron recommended); Experimental Procedures will be distributed in class. A lab deposit of $5 will be collected - the cost of lab handouts will be taken from this.

Prerequisites: CHEM 330, MATH 129, and one year of physics; or consent of instructor.

Evaluation and Grading: Grades will be based on the following weighting scheme: 3 Exams (40%), Final Exam (20%), Lab (25%),Presentation (5%), and Homework and Quizzes (10%). 3 extra credit points (on a 1000 point scale, to a limit of 20) will be given for each Chemistry Colloquium attended. Alternative extra credit will be available for those whose schedules conflict with colloquium (must see me to arrange this before March 31, 2000). The final exam will be a comprehensive, multiple-choice test, prepared by the American Chemical Society.

ALL EXAMINATIONS ARE COMPREHENSIVE, ESPECIALLY THE FINAL.

The following scale will be applied to determine the final letter grade: A > 90% > B > 80% > C > 70% > D > 60% > F . Plus and minus grades are included in these ranges and will be determined at the end of the semester. Adjustments to this scale are possible, but unlikely.
 
Tests:    Exam 1   Thursday, February 3, 2000 (in lab)
  Exam 2   Thursday, March 9, 2000 (in lab)
  Exam 3   Thursday, April 6, 2000 (in lab)
  Final Exam    Week of April 24 - 28, 2000, To Be Announced

Content: The course will cover topics from Chapters 1-3 (Periodicity, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Symmetry), 4-6 (Structure & Bonding; MO, Ionic, and Solid-State theory), 7-8 (Acid/Base and Redox Reactions), 9-11 (Coordination Chemistry), 12-14 (Organometallic Chemistry), 15-16 (Descriptive Chemistry), and 18 (Bioinorganic Chemistry). Please note that we will not cover every section of these chapters - details will be given in class.

If you have questions or comments about anything in the course, please come see me. I am ready and willing to meet with you and discuss your concerns, answer questions, explain concepts, solve problems, etc. I would rather help you to understand something before a lab or test, than to find out you don't understand it while grading your work.

Attendance and Absences: Attendance is required. Bring your textbook and calculator to lecture. Absences (after three) will be penalized 3 points per day (on a 1000 point scale). Extra credit points will be applied towards absences first. Only absences notified ahead of time may be excused. Notification is expected as soon as possible for planned (athletic events, class trips) or emergency (illness) absences; call me (321-4351, w or 322-8840, h) or the Department Secretary (321-4180) or e-mail me (mahler@lycoming.edu). The cause of absences must be verified by the Dean or substantiated (note from coach or parent, doctor's excuse, etc.).

Exam and Lab Absences: No make-up exams will be given. The (cumulative) final exam grade will be substituted for one excused absence exam grade (as a %). Barring exceptional circumstances, all subsequent missed exams will receive a grade of zero. Because students often work in groups in lab, absences hurt everyone and should be avoided. Make up labs will vary (and may not be possible), depending on the circumstances of that week's experiment. In some cases, students may be allowed to work outside scheduled lab hours by first obtaining permission from a chemistry professor (who must be in the building while they work and be notified when they leave), and then having a "buddy" present.

Quizzes and Homework: Each chapter will have a set of recommended problems given for it (which students are strongly encouraged to work). In addition, homework problems will be assigned during the semester. These are due at the start of the next lecture (or as soon as you enter lecture, if late). Because we go over each problem's solution in lecture, no homework will be accepted later than 10:35 AM (in the lecture it is due in). The lowest homework grade will be dropped. If you must be absent, have someone else take notes and hand in any assignments for you. Keys for assigned problems and exams will be reviewed in class and/or posted. There will be a Periodic Table quiz given in lab - you will be given a blank periodic table and asked to fill it in with the proper symbols. For certain elements, the properly spelled name will be required. Students must take at least one periodic table quiz, with the best performance (of one, two, or three attempts) counting. Other quizzes are possible.

Presentation: All students will be required to research the descriptive chemistry of a group of elements and make a 20 minute oral presentation on this topic in lab (and possibly lecture) towards the end of the semester. More details will be given in class.

Academic Honesty: On all exams and lab reports, copying someone else's work or allowing another to copy your work and submit it as their own is academic dishonesty. It will not be tolerated and can lead to penalties such as failing the assignment or even dismissal from the college. Unless otherwise stated, all work submitted for a grade should be your own work (although you can study with others to understand the concepts).Because of this, I can not work graded problems for you if you come to see me. However, we can work similar problems, or I can help you work the problem yourself by asking "leading questions". Always include citations for all sources consulted in labs or homework to avoid plagiarism. For further information on the college policy on academic dishonesty, see the Pathfinder or Student Handbook.
Administrative procedures (withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of the college and department.

General Comments: Students are responsible for knowing material in the assigned reading, problem sets, labs, and lectures. Working problems and understanding the material are keys to doing well. It is assumed that the students are familiar with the background material, especially that covered in General Chemistry. While I am glad to help you in reviewing these topics, it is your responsibility to make up any weaknesses or deficiencies you might have. Much of the course material involves a high degree of conceptual understanding (not just memorization), so adequate preparation and study are essential. It is not sufficient to learn the material from the lecture alone - you are expected to have read and thought about the topics covered before attending lecture. If you have tried and still can't get a problem or concept, please see me for help. In homework and exams be neat, box answers, show your work and units (partial credit will be given). On an exam, look at all problems, then do the easiest ones first. Don't spend too much time on any one problem. Preparation and practice (i.e. doing problems and studying) are the best ways to do well on tests. Start work on lab reports well before they are due - these can not be done well at the last minute. Even if an experiment is done as part of a group, the report should be each student's individual work.

Teaching Style: When I teach, I try to convey my current understanding of a topic while recalling how I learned it. I illustrate a topic by explaining it from different points of view, frequently using humor and analogy. Analogies allow us to apply our understanding of a topic in a different context to chemistry. Still, I encourage you to use whatever methods work best for you own comprehension. Because I feel it is better for you to work out an answer yourself, if you ask me a question, you'll generally find I respond with a series of my own questions for you. I do this to help guide your thoughts from what you know to the answer sought, which should teach you more than if I gave you the answer directly. This is a hard class, so you may ask me a question which takes me a while to think about and answer. I may also involve other students in answering the question, or rephrase the question to make sure I understand what you are asking. This means you've asked a good question, so keep on thinking and questioning!

Safety and Labs: Unsafe behavior in Lab will not be tolerated. Repeated unsafe behavior will result in a zero for that lab. In lab: 1) Eyewear must be worn at all times; 2) No eating, drinking, or smoking; 3) No horseplay; 4) No unauthorized, 'independent' experiments; 5) Wear enclosed shoes only; 6) Legs must be covered; 7) See the additional safety rules distributed at lab check-in. You are expected to read the safety information given and to come to lab each week well prepared. A safety evaluation will be conducted. Report all accidents and injuries immediately. Know the location of all exits and emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, blankets, eye-wash, first aid kit, etc.) When in doubt, ask. Wearing contact lenses in lab is highly discouraged. If you do wear them in lab, please let me know (no penalty - it is good to know in case of an accident). Wear older clothes - they could be stained or ruined. Above all, use common sense and your chemical intuition - THINK. As an experienced student chemist, you will be working in many situations which demand your utmost care and attention to protect the safety and health of yourself, your fellow students, and the environment. Preparation and careful, patient work are needed to obtain the results required in each experiment.
 
Notebook and Lab Reports: Your Lab Notebook should be neat, well organized, up-to-date and complete, with a Table of Contents. The Table of Contents should be updated with each experiment. Leave room to record your data, the uncertainties in measurements, and any observations about the experiment. Make a copy of each notebook page and hand these in with the report. Each page should be clearly labeled with your name, the date and the name of the experiment (abbreviations are OK). Notebooks will be graded once during the semester. When working in groups, record the names of your group members and also note who performed what tasks, i.e. temperature data (from Jack), absorbance values (from Susie). Lab reports are generally described in the lab write-up and in prelab. The Title, Objective, Approach should be in your notebook before you start any experiment. When working in groups, each member will submit their own lab report. A group may submit only one copy of supplementary material (i.e. spectra, copy of an article, etc.). Reports are generally due one week after completion of the lab work - a deadline will be given for each experiment. Lab reports are considered late at the end of the lab they are due in (but may be handed in early). Late work will be penalized 5% per school day. Additional instructions and safety information will be given in the prefab lectures.

Posting: Scores will be posted after exams using a secret, four character code chosen by each student. If you prefer not to have your scores posted, let me know (in writing) by 1/14/2000.

World Wide Web: This syllabus, homework assignments and other class items can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/spring2000/333syl.htm.

Review Sessions: A review session will be held before each exam and the final (times to be chosen in class). Review notes will be posted and put on reserve in the library that evening.

Tentative Laboratory Schedule for Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 333

Week of         Experiment (* means done in groups)
Jan. 13           Check in,  Symmetry Elements
Jan. 20           CuCl Synthesis,  Copper to Silver to Gold
Jan. 27           KMF Synthesis,  Crystal Growth
Feb. 3            EXAM ONE
Feb. 10          Known Co Complex Synthesis
Feb. 17          Unknown Co Complex Synthesis
Feb. 24          Unknown Co Complex Characterization*
Mar. 2            SPRING BREAK - UV Dermatological Studies
Mar. 9            EXAM TWO
Mar. 16          Synthetic Tournament
Mar. 23          Unknown V,  Air Sensitive Synthesis and NMR*
Mar. 30          Unknown V,  Air Sensitive Synthesis and NMR*
Apr. 6             EXAM THREE
Apr. 13           Unknown V,  Air Sensitive Synthesis and NMR*
Apr. 20           Oral Presentations
Apr. 24 - 28   COMPREHENSIVE ACS FINAL EXAMINATION


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