Session S62 (Wednesday, 9:30am, Wartik 111)

P684: First year foundational course in inorganic chemistry

Larry Funck (Wheaton College, USA)

Where in the curriculum should the foundational course in Inorganic Chemistry occur? Historically (going back a half century) the first year two semester course was called Inorganic Chemistry. Between 1950 and 1970 it evolved into what we now call General Chemistry. In 1995 the Wheaton College first year sequence became General Chemistry in the fall semester followed by Inorganic Chemistry in the spring semester. This was accomplished by postponing in depth consideration of atomic structure and chemical bonding until the second semester and by increasing emphasis in the second semester on coordination chemistry and descriptive inorganic. A decade later when the CPT guidelines required a foundational course in Inorganic, the Wheaton curriculum already had it in place in the freshman year. This presentation will describe the first year Inorganic course in more detail and in relationship to the rest of the curriculum.

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