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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
Wednesday 3:00-3:50 pm
6:00-6:50 pm 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: symmetry.otterbein.edu
This is an excellent web-based tool for visualizing, practicing, and manipulating
point groups, symmetry elements, and symmetry operations.
B.Crystal-Field Viewer (Wellesley): www.wellesley.edu/Chemistry/Flick/ligandfield.html
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
Structure, and Periodic Trends
Week Apr 10
Nomenclature, Coordination Chemistry, Isomerism,
Introduction to Molecular Orbital Theory, QUIZ #1
Week Apr. 17
Group Theory – Symmetry Elements, Operations,
and Point Groups, PROBLEM SET #1
Week Apr 24
Group Theory – Point Groups and Character
Tables, MIDTERM #1
Week May 1
Group Theory – Character Tables, Irreducible
Representations, and Molecular Orbitals (MO)
Week May 8
Projection Operator (SALCs), Molecular Vibrations,
May 10 QUIZ #2
Week May 15
Crystal-field Theory, Ligand-Field (MO) Theory,
May 17 Spectrochemical Series, PROBLEM SET #2
Week May 22
MOs with π Bonds
May 24 MIDTERM #2
Week May 29
MOs for 4-, 5-, and 6-Coordinate Transition Metal
Week June 5
Electronic Spectra of Transition Metal Complexes
Finals June 12 Final Exam, 3:00-6:00pm
*CH = Chapters in Shiver & Atkins, LN = Lecture Notes from instructor *CH 1, 2, 9
*LN 1, 2
CH 2, 7
LN 3, 4
LN 5, 6
LN 8, 9
LN 10, 11
LN 12, 13
CH 7, 20
LN 15, 16
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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”
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 email@example.com or http://disabilities.ucsd.edu.
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