Syllabus - SPRING 2012 - CHEMISTRY 120A - Inorganic...

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Unformatted text preview: SPRING 2012 - CHEMISTRY 120A - Inorganic Chemistry I Lectures: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 – 3:20 pm in York 2622 - Instructor Professor Seth M. Cohen Office Hours: Thursday 3:30 pm and by appointment Pacific Hall Room 4100A - Website The TED.UCSD website will be used in this course. TED.UCSD will be regularly updated with course content such as the syllabus, lecture notes, problem sets, and other resources. Discussion Sections: Section A01 Monday Section A02 Monday Section A03 Friday Section A04 Friday Section A05 Wednesday 3:00-3:50 pm 4:00-4:50 pm 10:00-10:50 am 11:00-11:50 am 6:00-6:50 pm WLH 2209 WLH 2209 WLH 2209 WLH 2209 WLH 2114 TA: Joshua Day TA: Joshua Day TA: Steve George TA: Steve George TA: Joshua Day Exams, Quizzes, & Problem Sets: Note – all exams and quizzes are in class and may require UCSD ID check Problem Set – 50 pts (10%, two problem sets, 25 pts/each) Quizzes – 50 pts (10%, two quizzes, 25 pts/each) First Midterm – 100 pts (20%) Second Midterm – 100 pts (20%) Final Exam – 200 pts (40%, June 12th, 3-6 pm) Required Text: Inorganic Chemistry: Shriver and Akins, 5th Edition. Optional Texts: Solutions Manual for Inorganic Chemistry, 5th Edition. Other Useful Texts: 1. Vincent, Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory, 2nd Ed. 2. Miessler and Tarr, Inorganic Chemistry, 4th Ed. Homework: Problems in the textbook that are not assigned as part of a problem set should be performed for practice, but these will not be graded or collected. Other Important and Useful Resources: A. Web-Based Symmetry Resource From Otterbein College: This is an excellent web-based tool for visualizing, practicing, and manipulating point groups, symmetry elements, and symmetry operations. B.Crystal-Field Viewer (Wellesley): This is a very helpful web-based tool for visualizing the spatial arrangement of the d-orbitals in several different crystal fields. Page 1 of 3 Approximate Timeline and List of Topics: Week Apr 3 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry, Atomic 1 Apr 5 Structure, and Periodic Trends Week Apr 10 Nomenclature, Coordination Chemistry, Isomerism, 2 Apr 12 Introduction to Molecular Orbital Theory, QUIZ #1 Week Apr. 17 Group Theory – Symmetry Elements, Operations, 3 Apr 19 and Point Groups, PROBLEM SET #1 Week Apr 24 Group Theory – Point Groups and Character 4 Apr 26 Tables, MIDTERM #1 Week May 1 Group Theory – Character Tables, Irreducible 5 May 3 Representations, and Molecular Orbitals (MO) Week May 8 Projection Operator (SALCs), Molecular Vibrations, 6 May 10 QUIZ #2 Week May 15 Crystal-field Theory, Ligand-Field (MO) Theory, 7 May 17 Spectrochemical Series, PROBLEM SET #2 Week May 22 MOs with π Bonds 8 May 24 MIDTERM #2 Week May 29 MOs for 4-, 5-, and 6-Coordinate Transition Metal 9 May 31 Complexes Week June 5 Electronic Spectra of Transition Metal Complexes 10 June 7 Finals June 12 Final Exam, 3:00-6:00pm Week *CH = Chapters in Shiver & Atkins, LN = Lecture Notes from instructor *CH 1, 2, 9 *LN 1, 2 CH 2, 7 LN 3, 4 CH 6 LN 5, 6 CH 6 LN 7 CH 6 LN 8, 9 CH 6 LN 10, 11 CH 20 LN 12, 13 CH 7, 20 LN 14 CH 20 LN 15, 16 CH 20 LN 17, 18 Cumulative Absence and Lateness Policy: There will be no make-up exams or quizzes. Problem Sets will not be accepted after their deadline. Voting Cards: Voting cards that promote active learning and course participation will be used in the course. Please bring your voting cards with you to each class. E-mail Policy: The only acceptable direct email to the UCSD email account of the instructor ( may be in regard to setting up additional office hours or to provide information on a health-related emergency. To ensure authenticity and confidentiality, such e-mails must be sent from a valid UCSD email account ( UCSD Policy for Final Exams: A student must take the final exam in order to receive a grade for a course. If you have an “official conflict” (defined in the 2010-11 Bulletin as 3 exams on the same day or two exams at the same time) that prevents you from taking the exam at the regularly scheduled time, see the Instructor immediately (first full week of class). If you miss, or expect to miss the final exam for any other reason, you must petition for the grade of INC (Incomplete), which can only be granted under special circumstances (for example, documented illness). Page 2 of 3 Determination of Course Grade: The letter grade for the course will be determined after the final scores have been tabulated. As a rough guide, the following letter grade assignments will be used: A (85% and above); B (84-75%); C (74-65%); D (64-55%); F (<55%). Plus (+) and minus (-) grades will be awarded for grades above a C. Any grade adjustments will be made by the instructor, not your TA, at the end of the quarter. UCSD ID Card Policy: A valid UCSD identification card featuring your name, photograph, and your PID may be required for submission of all problem sets, quizzes, and exams. Students who do not present a valid UCSD ID card may not be allowed to complete the submission of these items. A government issued ID such as a passport or driver license will not substitute. Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity is the bedrock of the educational enterprise. Every student should be familiar with the “UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship” (, which defines violations of the academic codes, explains the responsibilities of students and instructors, and outlines the disciplinary actions taken by the university. In short, “No student shall engage in any activity that involves attempting to receive a grade by means other than honest effort.” Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: knowingly procuring, providing, or accepting any unauthorized material that contains questions or answers to any examination or assignment to be given at a subsequent time; allowing others to copy from you; completing in part or in total any test or assignment for another person or engaging another person as your proxy; employing forms of communication or aids (e.g. cheat sheets, information on a calculator) that has been excluded by the instructor; claiming credit for work that has been altered after grading. All cases of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Integrity Office and the College Dean of Student Affairs. Ultimately, any breach of academic honesty may be considered grounds for failure in the course, as well as academic probation and possible suspension from the university. General Comments on Scholarly Conduct: Disruptive or disrespectful behaviors in lectures or sections are not conducive to a learning environment, which we – the Instructors, TAs, and students - are each expected to cultivate in all course interactions. Please arrive to class on time, silence electronic devices, be attentive (put away iPods, newspapers, etc.), use laptops for note taking only, and treat others with courtesy. Academic Accommodations: If you have a documented disability, or otherwise have been certified as needing special class or testing considerations (including student athletes), please notify the Instructor within the first full week of class). Requests for accommodations will not be accepted within one week prior to a scheduled exam. Students requesting accommodations and services due to a disability for this course need to provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), prior to eligibility for requests. Receipt of AFAs in advance is necessary for appropriate planning for the provision of reasonable accommodations. For additional information, contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at or Page 3 of 3 ...
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