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Ryerson University Department of Chemistry and Biology Course Information Sheet

Course Number Course Name Date Instructor CHY 449 Inorganic Chemistry II Winter 2011 Dr. Daniel Foucher KHE 326B (416)-979-5000 ext. 2260 Monday 2-4 pm, Wednesday 2:30-4:30 pm or by request. An introduction to the coordination chemistry of the transition metals. Topics include: structure and bonding, electronic spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms, organometallic chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry. The laboratory will consist of the preparation and spectroscopic characterization of various transition metal complexes. Lecture: 3 hours; Laboratory: 3 hours CHY 344 D.F. Shriver, P.W. Atkins, T. L. Overton, J. P. Rourke, M. T. Weller, and F. A. Armstrong. Inorganic Chemistry 4th Ed., W. H. Freeman and Company., 2006 : required. Other readings available electronically or at the Library Reserve Desk will be required or recommended in class. Details will be posted on the Blackboard online course. In-class Assignments1 Test 1 Test 2 Final Exam Laboratory2 TOTAL3 (5 %) (15 %) (15 %) (30 %) (35 %) (100%) throughout term February 7th March 6th

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1. In-class assignments worth a total of 20 or more marks will be given during the term. These will take various forms (short essay, short answer, multiple choice quiz) and will be graded acceptable or unacceptable. The grading criteria may vary depending on the form and content of the assignment: generally acceptable will be awarded for work of passing quality and/or reasonable effort and unacceptable will be awarded for work of failing quality and/or inadequate effort. Depending on the weighting of the assignment, acceptable will count for 1 or 2 marks and unacceptable will count for 0 marks. Inclass assignments may be either individual or group work. The weighting of the in-class assignment will be indicated on the assignment. The term in-class assignments mark will be calculated as the sum of marks obtained divided by the maximum marks obtainable, expressed as a percentage. In-class assignments will not be scheduled or announced beforehand, can occur at any point in a lecture, and may not be written at any other time. In-class assignments missed due to illness or for compassionate reasons will not be counted only if the student supplies a date-stamped Ryerson medical certificate (illness) or other acceptable documentation (compassionate circumstances) within 3 working days of the missed assignment. Graded in-class assignments will be returned in class, usually within one or two lecture periods.

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Information about the laboratory course content, policies, procedures, and grading will be provided in a separate Laboratory Course Information Sheet at the first laboratory session. A passing grade will not be awarded unless a passing grade has been obtained in both the lecture and the laboratory portions of the course. Students who fail only the lecture portion of the course will be allowed to repeat only the lecture portion and the final grade will be determined solely by the lecture mark obtained during this second attempt. Graded tests and in-class assignments will be returned to the student during the semester in class. Final examination grades will be posted as permitted by the Ryerson University Course Management Policy. Final grades will be determined using the performance designations for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science as found in the Ryerson University Undergraduate Program Calendar. Instructors are not permitted to inform students of their final course grade.

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Missed Tests: You are responsible for writing tests on the days specified. If you miss a test for medical reasons, a Ryerson medical certificate (available online at and in the departmental office KHN 212) completed and signed by your attending physician must be submitted to Dr. Foucher through the Chemistry and Biology Departmental Office (KHN212) within three (3) working days of the missed evaluation period. You should ensure that all medical certificates are date-stamped by office staff. If adequate medical certification is provided and accepted, then a make-up test will be written as soon as medically possible. The make-up test will cover the same material as the missed test and have the same weight, but will be in a different form (essay question(s)). Failure to comply with these procedures will result in a score of zero for the test(s) in question. Missed Final Examination: If you miss the final examination due to medical reasons or bereavement, you must submit the pertinent documentation (Ryerson medical certificate/note from funeral director) to the Chemistry and Biology Departmental Office (KHN 212) for the attention of Dr. Foucher within three (3) working days of the missed examination. You should ensure that the documentation is date-stamped by office staff. If the documentation is acceptable, a supplementary examination will be scheduled within the remaining examination period, or if this has ended, as soon as possible before the deadline for the instructor to submit course grades. Details of the University examination policy can be found at Probationary students should note that an INC grade is a violation of their probation contract and could result in suspension from the Applied Chemistry and Biology program. Withdrawal from the course: If you wish to officially withdraw from this course with no academic penalty, you must do so by Friday, March 18, 2010. Students who withdraw from the course are not permitted to continue with the laboratory portion. Religious Observance Policy: If you will require religious accommodation, you must obtain and complete the request form that is available at and submit to Dr. Foucher within the first two weeks of the semester. Access Centre: If you have existing Access Centre accommodations, you should meet with Dr. Foucher at the beginning of the course to discuss your needs. If you register with the Access Center during the semester, you must speak to Dr. Foucher as soon as your needs are identified. Academic Integrity: Plagiarism and/or cheating are unacceptable. Details of the Student Code of Academic Conduct are provided at If you are unsure of what is acceptable, you should consult with Dr. Foucher. Lab exemptions: You may apply for and be granted a laboratory exemption if you received a passing grade in the laboratory portion on your previous attempt at the course. If you are granted a lab exemption, your grade will be calculated based on the work completed in this session of the course only. Lab exemption request forms are available in the departmental

office in KHN212 and must be completed and submitted to Dr. Foucher within the first two weeks of the course. Course Management Policy: Refer to for complete details). The Departmental Handbook contains other useful information and contacts. It is posted online at this page: Click on the link Student Handbook. You will need Acrobat Reader to access this document.

OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Explain the factors that influence the structural geometry of transition metal complexes. 2. Identify the types of isomerism that can occur in transition metal complexes and how these can affect the physical properties of the complexes. 3. Describe the electronic structures of octahedral and tetrahedral transition metal complexes in terms of the interaction between metal ion valence d electrons and the geometry and energies of ligand bonding and non-bonding electrons. 4. Relate the electronic structures of octahedral and tetrahedral transition metal complexes to properties such as electronic spectra, magnetic behaviour, reactivity, and reaction mechanisms. 5. Discuss applications of transition metal chemistry in medicine and industry in terms of the properties of transition metal complexes, with reference to their structural geometry and electronic structure. 6. Read current papers in coordination and organometallic chemistry with understanding of the basic terminology and concepts. Formulate effective strategies for learning about unfamiliar concepts.

TOPICS: Introduction to Coordination Chemistry Inorganic Nomenclature Structural Chemistry of Transition Metal Complexes Electronic Structure and Bonding Electronic Spectra Reactions and Reaction Mechanisms Organometallic Chemistry