Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Inorganic Chemistry

Overall Course Objectives

To give a basic understanding of the theory of chemical bonding, structure of inorganic compounds, and the properties of the most important elements based on their position in the periodic table.

Learning Objectives

  • Write equations for chemical reactions and balance them. Describe typical reactions for inorganic compounds.
  • Write electron configurations for simple molecules.
  • Write Lewis structures of ionic and covalent compounds.
  • Define crystal lattice energies using the Born-Haber cycle and calculate bond energies.
  • Describe the geometry of molecules using the VSEPR model and determine the polarity of the molecules.
  • Define the the central atom hybridisation using valence bond theory.
  • Define the unit cell in crystalline compounds.
  • Use standard reduction potentials to predict whether a chemical reaction is spontaneous.
  • Describe the aqueous chemistry of the most important elements in their most important oxidation steps.
  • Name coordination compounds and define their structure and geometry.
  • Describe important industrial inorganic processes.
  • Rationalise physical and chemical properties such as bond strength, reactivity and stoichiometry of binary compounds based on the position of the elements in the periodic table.

Course Content

Theory of chemical bonding, including V.B. and M.O. theory. Chemistry of main group elements and selected transition metals with emphasis upon trends based on their position in the periodic table.

Recommended prerequisites

26171/26371, followed simultaneously or earlier.

Teaching Method

Classroom teaching and lectures

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 26173
Course type Graduate Engineer
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Fri 8-12

7.500,00 DKK