Chemistry 242 - Inorganic Chemistry I
The Chemistry of the Main Group Elements
1999 Course Outline

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"Required" Text: F.A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson and P. Gaus, Basic Inorganic Chemistry, Wiley, 3rd Ed.

Optional: P. Gaus, Solutions Manual to Accompany: Basic Inorganic Chemistry, Wiley, 3rd Ed.

  • Chapter 5 - The Chemistry of Selected Anions

    The oxide, hydroxide and alkoxide ions. Oxo anions. Polynuclear oxo anions. Halogen containing anions. The sulphide and hydrosulphide anions.

  • Chapter 7 - Solvents, Solutions, Acids and Bases

    Solvent properties. Donor and acceptor properties. Protic solvents. Aproptic solvents. Molten salts. Solvents for electrochemical reactions. Purity of solvents. Definitions of acids and bases. "Hard" and "soft" acid base concepts. Some common protic acids. Some rules concerning the strength of oxy acids. Super acids.

  • Chapter 8 - The Periodic Table and the Chemistry of the Elements

    The nature and types of elements. Monatomic elements: Diatomic molecules. Discrete poly atomic molcules. Elements with extended structures. Metals.

    The chemistry of the elements in relation to their position in the periodic table: Hydrogen. Helium. Elements of the first short period. Elements of the second short period. The remainder of the nontransition elements.The transition elements of the d and f blocks.

  • Chapter 9 - Hydrogen

  • Chapter 10 - The Group IA(1) Elements

  • Chapter 11 - The Group IIA(2) Elements

  • Chapter 12 - Boron

  • Chapter 13 - The Group IIIB(13) Elements

  • Chapter 14 - Carbon

  • Chapter 15 - The Group IVB(14) Elements

  • Chapter 16 - Nitrogen

  • Chapter 17 - The Group VB(15) Elements

  • Chapter 18 - Oxygen

  • Chapter 19 - The Group VIB(16) Elements

  • Chapter 20 - The Halogens

  • Chapter 21 - The Noble Gases

  • Chapter 22 - Zinc, Cadmium and Mercury


Text: Z. Szafran, R.M. Pike, M.M. Singh, Microscale Inorganic Chemistry - A Comprehensive Laboratory Experience, Wiley.

Laboratories begin in the second week of term (from January 11th). There are six exercises in synthetic inorganic chemistry to be performed according to a rota which will be set up by your demostrator or technician after you have checked into the lab for the first time. The following experiments are to be done:

Experiment 4 Preparation of Trialkoxyborates (Both Parts) p 158
Experiment 8 Silicone Polyners: Preparation of Bouncng Putty, p 176
Experiment 9 The Oxidation States of Tin (Both Parts), p 181
Experiment 10 The Relative Stabilities of Tin(IV) and Lead(IV) (Both Parts) p 186
Experiment 18 Positive Oxidation States of Iodine: the Preparation of Dipyridineiodine(I) Nitrate, p 210
Experiment 19 Synthesis of Interhalogens: Iodine Trichloride, p 213

You must hand in your reports one week after you do the lab. The demonstrators should mark them and allow you to see the corrected report one week after you hand it in. They will not allow you to keep the corrected lab report (to minimise plagiarism, and in case of disputed marks).

Students who are repeating the course, and who did the labs last year, may be exempted from re-doing them, if they "passed" this component with a good mark. Students who did the labs more than one year ago must repeat them. Please see me immediately to confirm that this is appropriate.


Lab Work) 20%
Mid-Term Exam 30%
Final Exam50%

The mid-term examination (date to be announced) will cover the material taught in the preceding weeks. The final examination will cover the entire course.

Both the "Theory" and the Laboratory parts of the course must be passed separately to obtain a passing grade for the course.

Prepared by: P.H. Bird
Office: H 1153, Phone: 848-3367
Last revised: December 1998