Module FXX-2201:
Main Group Chemistry

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Leigh Jones

Overall aims and purpose

The objective is to make the student familiar with the essential chemistry of the inorganic elements and will build on the inorganic chemistry taught in Year 1 to cover areas of main group chemistry (the Noble gases, the halogens, the alkali and alkaline earth metals, the chaclogens and pnictogens).

Course content

Prof. M. A. Beckett (12 lectures)

The basic main group inorganic chemistry of B, Si, N, P, As, S and Se are also reviewed by a topic based approach concentrating on Brønsted/Lewis acids and bases, donor-acceptor interactions, π-interactions, structures, synthesis, and bonding in ring and cage compounds.

Dr Leigh F. Jones (12 lectures)

Historical account of the period table development. Main group chemistry: the noble gases; the halogens; fluorine-uses and its chemistry; chlorine - industrial uses, environmental impact and chemistry; bromine and iodine chemistry; the alkali metals, trends within the group; use of organo-Li compounds in organic chemistry; the alkaline earth metals - trends within the group, compounds and uses.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem.

threshold

Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; Transferable skills are at a basic level. with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.

good

Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies. excellent

Learning outcomes

  1. Students should be able to: Give a detailed understanding of the factors which affect stability of Lewis acid/base complexes.

  2. Students should be able to:

    Document the chemistry of some of the main group elements; specifically the Noble gases, Halogens, Alkali and Alkaline earth metals.

  3. Students should be able to: Show a familiarity of the diversity of main-group cage and ring systems and an understanding of the relative order of pi-bond interactions as applied to silicones, ketones, borazenes, and phosphazene.

  4. Students should be able to:

    Show the importance of the compounds of these elements industrially and examine key features such as manufacturing techniques, commercial viability and environmental issues.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Inorganic Chemistry 1: Main group chemistry 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

The module has 24 hours timetabled at 2 hours per week. Tutorials will be allocated separately to the lecture slots if / when required. This module is worth 10 credit module and represents 100 contact hours in total.

24
Private study

Private study time.

76

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.

Resources

Resource implications for students

There will be no financial implications to the students.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/fxx-2201.html

Reading list

Chemistry 3 ( C3). Burrows, Holman, Parsons, Pilling and Price. Oxford Publishing.

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module