Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry


Fall 2020


Dr. Draganjac

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CHEM2004 (CRN60044)

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Course:  1:00-1:50 MW, 12:00-1:50 F; LSE507

Office hours: 10:00 - 10:50 MTWRF  (Others by appointment)

Text:   Principles of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, Wulfsberg (ISBN 0-534-07494-4) (not required)


CHEM 2004. Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry Systematic study of the chemistry of the elements with problem solving using microcomputers. Lecture four hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Prerequisite, CHEM 1021 and 1023.


 1. Review of G. Chem. (worksheet, Ch. 1)

 2. Properties of the elements (Ch. 6)
 3. Metal cations/ oxo anions in aqueous solution (Ch. 2), Precipitation reactions (Ch. 3)
 4. Oxides, Polyoxoanions (Ch. 4) Part 1
 5. Polyoxoanions (Ch. 4) Part 2, Redox (Ch. 5)
 6. Transition metals in biological systems, actinides and lanthanides, nuclear chemistry

 7. Solubility Rules, lab


    Tests:   7 chapter exams, comprehensive final
                 (800 points total)

    Total Possible Points: 800

All exams will be given on Blackboard during class time and will be multiple choice exams. Do not use Internet Explorer or Edge when taking the exam as problems may occur.

Grading is straight percentages:  90+, A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C; 60-69, D; Below 60, F.

Time and date for the Final exam: Monday, Dec. 14, 2:45 pm

Makeup Exams:  The final exam will replace any test score missed for any reason.

Program Outcome

Appropriately apply presented concepts and chemical principles to chemistry related issues.  (introduce/reinforce)

Federal Law prohibits discussion of your grade with anyone.  Also grades cannot be given by e-mail or over the phone.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 contingency plan:  If it is necessary to move the class online, we will drop exam 7 lab requirements and I will adjust the exam accordingly.  We will go to an asynchronous format.  All lecture notes will be sent to you via email.

COVID-19 University Syllabus Statement

Fall 2020


Arkansas State University has made every effort to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our return to in-person instruction during the Fall 2020 semester. The University is following the most up-to-date guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Given the uncertainty surrounding the continuing threat from the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge there is potential for the interruption of in-person instruction during the course of this semester. While it is the goal of the institution to offer traditionally face-to-face classes, the social distancing measures arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many of the classes to be offered in a hybrid format this semester (i.e. a combination of face-to-face and remote modes of delivery). This means nearly every course offered will have a component where internet access is essential to course success. Students are strongly encouraged to secure WIFI access they can use for the semester either on or off campus. The purpose for this strategy is to protect our students, faculty, and staff while adhering to social distancing recommendations from public health officials while accomplishing the course learning objectives.


If the university transitions to all-online instruction, campus housing will remain available for students who do not have a safe place to move or who do not have access to the internet elsewhere. Students who leave campus will need to ensure that they have reliable access to the internet to continue their course work. Web cameras may also be required by instructors to facilitate remote instruction (please see technology recommendations section). University officials will provide students with as much advanced notice and information as possible if the transition to all-online instruction becomes necessary. 


Please remember, all official notifications are made through your official A-State email account, the university website, and Blackboard Learn. You are responsible for checking your university email to ensure you receive the latest updates regarding this course.



COVID-19 University Technology Recommendations for Students


Technology (hardware and software) and internet access will be key to course success in Fall 2020. Please check the following list to be certain you have the technology needed to be successful in your courses.


1.      Internet Access—You should make arrangements to have access to the Internet, preferably high-speed Internet, for the duration of this course. A wired, high-speed, Internet connections (ethernet cable), is highly recommended especially when taking a test.


2.      Computer Operating Systems

·         For PCs: Windows 8+

·         For MACs: OS 10.13+

·         For Cellular Phones: iOS or Android


3.      iOS Devices, any of these options should work; however, completing most course assignments will need a computer:

·         iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later


4.      Android Devices, any of these options should work; however, completing most course assignments will need a computer:

·         Samsung Galaxy (S9+, Note 9+), Google Pixel (3A+), OnePlus (7T+)


5.      Software—You will be the most successful in this course if you have access to a computer with the following software installed:


·         Microsoft Office –Excel, Power Point and Word. . A-State has secured for you access to the latest MS Office software for both Mac and PC users. For more information, please visit the software download page where you will find other tools needed to be successful in this course.


·         Students are welcome to use Mac Applications such as Keynote, Numbers, and Pages, but please plan to convert these documents to the Microsoft file types prior to assignment submission. This course technology requirement also applies to Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs.


·         Browsers, Plug-ins, Players and Viewers—to take full advantage of all the features in this course, be sure you have the right technology at your fingertips. This includes:


·         Blackboard-supported browser - Firefox 60+, Chrome 74+, and Safari 12+ (Internet Explorer is no longer supported) are compatible with the current version of Blackboard.


·         Acrobat Reader

·         It is recommend running the Blackboard Browser Check to verify installed plug-ins on your computer


6.      Additional Computer Hardware:  web camera, microphone, and speakers (can be internal hardware already available on your computer)



Social Distancing, Protective Equipment, Room Sanitation

Fall 2020

While it is the goal of A-State to offer traditionally face-to-face classes, the following social distancing measures arise out of concerns regarding the unknown lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose for this strategy is to protect our students, faculty, and staff while adhering to social distancing recommendations from public health officials while accomplishing the course learning objectives. Faculty, staff, and students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines.

Classroom Social Distancing:

·         Students are asked to sit with 6 square feet between themselves and their classmates.

·         Physical contact in the classroom should be discouraged or prohibited. If physical contact is required to accomplish the course learning objectives, faculty should consult with department chairs, dean, and the A-State Emergency Operations Committee to develop a plan regarding how the students will be protected in this instance.

·         Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms or a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees should avoid returning to the classroom and seek medical advice from the student health center.

Protective Equipment:

·         Faculty and students must wear appropriate face coverings (e.g., mask or face shield) at all times and in all buildings.

·         Faculty and students must practice social distancing AND wear appropriate face coverings when transitioning between classes.

·         Faculty and students must practice social distancing AND wear appropriate face coverings when entering and exiting classrooms.

·         Students must wear appropriate face coverings for the duration of a class period unless otherwise instructed by the professor.

·         Instructors may request students to leave the classroom if the student fails to comply with wearing some form of appropriate face covering.

·         Instructors are NOT required to wear masks during their lecture, but must wear a face shield or practice social distancing (which may include the 12 feet space for instructor).

·         The university will provide one washable face mask and/or face shield for all instructors who teach F2F classes. Additional masks or shields may be purchased at the expense of the faculty member or members may provide their own mask or face shield.

·         Faculty Members must wear face coverings when attending meetings or other events where social distancing rules cannot be followed.

Room Sanitation:

·         The University shall provide the necessary items for sanitizing classroom spaces.

·         Students and faculty members are asked to properly sanitize all surfaces used, upon entering the classroom (similar to “gym” model).



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Students who require academic adjustments in the classroom due to a disability must first register with ASU Disability Services.  Following registration and within the first two weeks of class, please contact me to discuss appropriate academic accommodation. Appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure equal access to this course.

Revised 8/20/20