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Name: Pinzheng Z

Engineering Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Module Code: CM1111 - Inorganic Chemistry I

Type of Module: General

Year/Semester of taking module: 2 / 1

Difficulty Level: 2

Exam and Assessment Format: 30% Midterms (20 MCQ + 2 short answer questions)
70% Finals ( 20 MCQ + 5 Sets of short answer questions)

Comments on Lecturers and Tutors: This module is largely taught by A.Prof Rowan Drury Young. Even though he is a very very young prof (I suppose only less than 35 y/o), his lecture content is sufficient and very interesting. His lectures are well-paced (content doesn't drag beyond 1.5 hrs) and makes the effort to do revision lecture and mass tutorials to reinforce the learning process.

Even though my tutor is not Prof Rowan, I eventually jumped to his class because his lessons will provide extra content that intrigues you further and garners your interest into inorganic chemistry.

Comments about Module: A compulsory module for Chem Majors and also Analytical Chemistry Minor students. Minor students should seek to clear this mod ASAP in Year 1 Sem 1 if possible to allow pacing in minor progression. Other students are welcome to bid for this module, write-ins to the department are possible to apply for this module. 

In essence, this module covers the key elements of H2 chemistry, with inputs of new content. H2 Physics will come in very handy in the first part of content, though not necessary. The outline of content are as per follows:

1) Quantum physics and Atomic Structure
2) The Periodic Table
3) Bonding (VSEPR, Valence bond theory, MO theory)
4) Acids and Bases (Bronsted, Lewis, Soft and Hard acids/bases)
5) Electrochemistry (Nernst, Latimer diagram and Frost-Ebsworth chart)

6) Group Chemistry:
a) Hydrogen and hydrides
b) Group I
c) Group II
d) Group 13
e) Group 14
f) Group 15
g) Group 16
h) Group 17
i) Group 18

With Prof Rowan introducing new teaching format, memorisation of chemical equations are not required, making the main bulk of chapter 6 to be much more manageable. Going through that chapter is to allow you be content-aware for more general questions. That being said, more focus should be placed on chapters 3,4 and 5 as these three act as the basis of questions throughout the module. This module in overall is very manageable if you are coping well with chemistry in JC.

Recommended Textbook (if applicable): Shriver & Atkins' Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition)

Workload/Preparation Time Required: Light / 3 hrs per week

What do you like or dislike about this module?: Dislike: 8am lectures on Mondays and Thursday (ugh...). But other than that I really have nothing to complain about, all's good. 


- Very relatable and interesting content
- Explosions !!!!! (Basically alot of group chemistry are violent / explosive)
- Detailed explanation
- Approachable lecturer
- Less conventional teaching method

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