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Course Code: 
CHM 2220
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Course Description & Objectives: 

General characteristics of transition elements of the d- and f-blocks. Theories of transition metal complex formation: crystal field theory; molecular orbital theory and ligand field theory. Stability and application of transition metal complexes; and ligand substitution reactions of metal complexes. Brief comparative chemistry of lanthanides and actinides. The practical part will involve inorganic syntheses of the following substances:Tin(II) chloride, tin (IV) iodide, copper(I) chloride, sodium thiosulphate hydrate, potassium tris(ethanedioato)-acuminate (III), cis- and –trans-potassium bis (ethanedioato)diaquachromate (III), nitro- and nitritopentaminecobalt (III) chloride, dipyridineiodine (I) nitrate, tris (thiourea)-copper(I) sulphate, dichloro-bis(2,4-pentanedionato) titanium (III), and potassium tris (ethanedioato)manganese(III 

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course, the learner is expected: 

  • Review and outline the general physical and chemical behaviour of transition elements
  • Summarize the concepts of metal complex formation and its application in the quantification of analytes, separation of interferences and extraction of metals.
  • Write mechanisms of ligand substitution reactions in square planar and octahedral complexes.
  • Account for the descriptive chemistries of the d- and f-block elements and with respect to trends in differences and similarities. Synthesize inorganic materials and interpret molecular structures using a variety of synthetic techniques.
  • Perform a variety of comparative chemical reactions and carry out stoichiometric calculations.
  • Describe and quantify specific constituents.
  • Assemble, handle and safely store a variety of chemical materials.


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