Inorganic Preparations

Inorganic Preparations

Chem 413 6F Fall 2008 8/21/2009 page 1


FALL 2009

Yusheng Dou

1. Chemistry 413: Inorganic Preparations 6F

2. Fall 2008

Time: W 12:55 –4:00 pm

Classroom: Peltier Hall 237

3. InstructorDr. Yusheng Dou

Office: 227A Peltier Hall

Office Hours: MWF 9:30-11:40 AM, M 2:00-4:30 PM

T 10:30 – 11:40 AM

Phone: 448-4880



4. Catalog Description

CHEM 413. Inorganic Preparations. 1-0-3. The syntheses and systematic characterization of inorganic compounds.

5. Prerequisite

CHEM 306. Corequisite: CHEM 412.

6. Textbook

Text Laboratory manual is available at Copy Connection. This manual is required and contains the experiments, instrumentation operational instructions, and pertinent literature references.

7. Student Outcome Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • explain how inorganic syntheses are conducted.
  • demonstrate the chemical principles and techniques used by inorganic chemists such as inert atmosphere work, high temperature synthesis, magnetic measurements, solid-state synthesis, Aqueous kinetics, and re-crystallization.
  • use a wide range of instrumentation such as ultraviolet-visible, Fourier transform infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, conductivity meter, magnetic susceptibility balance, and differential scanning calorimetry.
  • demonstrate safety practices as consistent with departmental policy.

8. Tentative Schedule

The following is a list of laboratory experiments*.

Date / Topics / Techniques
Aug 21 / Orientation
Format of formal post lab report
Aug 26 / 1. Synthesis and Purification of PotassiumTrisoxalatoferrate (III)
Trihydrate / Re-crystallization
Sept 2 / 2. Complex Ion Composition of
Ni2+-ethylenediamine complexes by Job’s method / UV-VIS
Sept 9 / 3A. Synthesis of [Co(NH3)4CO3]NO3 and
Sept 16 / 3A. Measurement of conductivity and FTIR
Sept 23 / 3B. Aquation of [Co(NH3)5Cl]2+ / UV-Vis, kinetics
Sept 30 / 4A. Synthesis and Determination of Magnetic Moment of
Copper (II) Acetate Monohydrate / FTIR, mag. susceptibility balance, inert atm
Oct 7 / 4B. Preparation of Copper Glycine Complexes:
Cis-Bis(glycinato)copper(II) Monohydrate / DSC, FTIR
Oct 14 / NO CLASS: Fall Break
Oct 21 / 4B. Preparation of Copper Glycine Complexes:
Trans-Bis(glycinato)copper(II) / DSC, FTIR, high temp.
Oct 28 / 5. Solid-State Synthesis of the High-Temperature
Superconductor, YBa2Cu3O7-x / solid-state syn., high temp.
Nov 2 / 6. Preparation of Ferrocene(inert atm., FTIR, NMR) / inert atm., FTIR, NMR
Nov 11 / NO CLASS
Nov 18 / Final Exam

* All parts of this schedule are subject to revision as events may warrant, and should not be construed as a contract. Students will be notified of any changes. Notifications will appear on

Students will be assigned to a partner and a starting group number. Students are responsible for advanced planning for each experiment. Do not try to attempt these experiments without prior thought and reading background material. Little advance planning is not acceptable and will be reflected in your grade. Advance planning includes such things as calculations for solution preparation and the operation/setup of equipment.

9. Course Requirements

See Methods of Evaluation

10. Methods of Evaluation (Undergraduate)

Overall grade will be obtained from the following categories:

1) Lab notebook (includes all experiments conducted)50 points

2) Lab report 1 (Experiment 1, due by Sept. 10) 50 points

3) Lab report 2 (Experiment 2, due by Sept. 24) 50 points

4) Lab report 3 (Experiment 3A & B, due by Oct. 15) 50 points

5) Lab report 4 (Experiment 4A & B, due by Nov. 5) 50 points

6) Finial Exam 50 points

Total Points: 300 points

Grading scale - A= 90 - 100%; B= 80 - 89%; C= 65 - 79%; D= 55 - 64%; F= below 54%.

11. Make-ups

There will be NO MAKE-UP labs.

12. Academic Honesty Policy

Cheating or scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated. In cases of academic dishonesty the instructor may dispose of the matter by invoking a maximum sanction of immediate expulsion from the course and the issuance of a failing grade. Please note that you work in groups for the experiment, but you write two completely individual lab reports. Similar lab reports will be considered cheating.

13. Attendance

Attendance of all students is mandatory. A total of two unexcused absences will result in the student being dropped from the class with a grade of "F”.

14. Drop Date Statement

The last day to withdraw from the class with a "W" is Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

  1. Academic Disabilities Policy

If you have a documented disability that requires assistance, you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services for coordination of your academic accommodations. The Office of Disability Services is located in Peltier Hall, Room 100-A. The phone number is (985) 448-4430 (TDD 449-7002).

16. Academic Grievances

The proper procedure for filing grade appeals or grievances related to academic matters is listed in Section 5 of the Code of Student Conduct and at following link:

17. Continued Learning Following an Extreme Emergency

In order to make continued learning possible following an extreme emergency, students are responsible for:

  • reading regular emergency notifications on the NSU website;
  • knowing how to use and access Blackboard (or university designated electronic delivery system);
  • being familiar with emergency guidelines;
  • evacuating textbook and other course materials
  • knowing their Blackboard (or designated system) student login and password;
  • contacting faculty regarding their intentions for completing the course.

Faculty are responsible for:

  • their development in the use of the Blackboard (or designated ) software;
  • having a plan for continuing their courses using only Blackboard and email;
  • continuing their courses in whatever way suits the completion of the course best, and being creative in the continuation of these courses;
  • making adjustments or compensations to a student’s progress in special programs with labs, clinical sequences or the like only in the immediate semester following the emergency.