Fall 2020 - CHEM 236W LA01

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 8003

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Thu, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2020
    Wed, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 126 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 230.



An introduction to the synthetic and spectroscopic techniques used in the preparation and characterization of both main group and transition metal compounds. Students with credit for CHEM 236 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching
1 tutorial hour/week; 4 lab hours/week
Laboratory: Asynchronous except for two in-person labs at Burnaby campus
Tutorial: Synchronous

Writing Intensive Course: An emphasis will be placed on writing in chemistry with a focus on keeping a laboratory notebook and writing formal laboratory reports.


Main Group Chemistry
Introduction to Infrared Spectroscopy in Inorganic Chemistry
The Oxidation States of Tin: Preparation of Tin (IV) and Tin (II) Iodide
Inorganic Polymers

Transition Metal Chemistry
Reactions of Transition Metal Ions
Synthesis and Thermal Decomposition of [(C6H5)3P]2CuBH4
Werner Complexes: Preparation and Determination of Structural Formula
Synthesis and Isomerization of Nitro- and [Nitritopentamminecobalt(III)]chloride

Note: Other labs may be introduced.


  • Lab Results, Reports & Technique 70%
  • Written Quizzes & Final Exam 30%


Attendance of In-Person Laboratory Sessions: It is mandatory for students to attend all in-person laboratory sessions. If you are unable to attend an in-person laboratory session due to illness, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.

Online Exam Invigilation
: Students completing exams remotely must comply with the online invigilation procedures implemented by the course instructor.



Required Materials:

  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 Precautions: Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory in Chemistry for all in-person laboratory sessions. Additional PPE and precautionary measures may be required during in-person laboratory sessions based on the recommendations of the University and provincial health officials.

Technology Requirements: Students are required to have a desktop or laptop computer, high-speed internet access, a webcam and microphone (built-in or external) to participate in online course components.


Lab manuals will be distributed during the first laboratory session.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).