Spring 2019 - CHEM 230 D100

Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Class Number: 2816

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2019
    Sat, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 122 with a minimum grade of C-. Students who expect to take further courses in inorganic chemistry should take CHEM 230 concurrently with CHEM 236W.



The chemistry of the elements and their inorganic compounds in terms of fundamental concepts of periodicity of properties, valence, ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity, stability of oxidation states, bonding, structure and stereochemistry. Co-ordination complexes and organometallic chemistry. Quantitative.


3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week

General Course Description: 
The detailed chemistry of elements and their inorganic compounds in terms of fundamental concepts of periodicity, valence, bonding, structure and stereochemistry, and coordination complexes.

Periodic trends (e.g., ionization energies, electronegativities, atomic radii) comparison of a first row member of chemical group with the other members of the group.
Covalent Bonding: Atomic orbitals, description of the bonding in homonuclear and heteronuclear diatomic molecules, simple inorganic molecules with extended Pi systems, photoelectron spectroscopy, metallic bonding, semiconductors.
Ionic Solids: Close packing of spheres, radii of ions, structures of common ionic lattices, radius ratio, theoretical lattice energy, Born-Haber cycle, physical properties and lattice energy, solubility of ionic solids, and hydration of ions. Hard/soft, acid/base concept.
Classical Coordination Chemistry: The common coordination numbers and isomerism in coordination complexes, ligand field theory of octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar complexes, visible spectra and paramagnetism. The chelate effect, trans effect, simple kinetics of complexes of first-row transition metal including redox reactions.


  • In-Term Exams 50%
  • Final Exam 50%



Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM230/332, 2016, Publisher:  Pearson
ISBN: 978-1-269-82638-9

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

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