CHEM 515 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

This course offers an overview of descriptive chemistry which examines the elements and their compounds, excluding hydrocarbons and their derivatives. Particular topics include the origin, cosmochemistry and geochemistry of the elements, industrial preparations and practical uses of the elements and their compounds, synthesis and reactivity and introductions to organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry (as time permits). Throughout the course, the main group and transition elements will be briefly surveyed, incorporating such topics as nomenclature, structure, formation and identification of elements and their derivatives.




At least eight credit hours of college-level chemistry