Inorganic chemistry

NAME OF THE COURSE Inorganic chemistry



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Zoran Grubač
Prof Slobodan Brinić

Credits (ECTS)


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Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

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Course objectives

Introduce students to the chemical reactivity of elements along the periodic table, and with the properties and composition of common chemicals. To develop students ability to notice similarities and differences between inorganic compounds and inorganic substances. Understanding of the changes in the various physical and chemical conditions

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

Students upon completion of the course:
1) will know the basic characteristics and producing of chemical elements for the major groups of periodic table of elements (PTE)
3) be able to identify the type and properties of chemical compounds of main group
3) be able to identify the type and properties of transition metal compounds
4) to classified compounds on the base of their characteristics
5) to predict acidic, basic and amphoteric properties of salts
6) to know common salt crystal structure
7) to predict the possible reaction mechanisms and outcomes of chemical reactions
8) to independently and safely perform simple chemical reactions

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1. Hydrogen position in PTE, hydrogen properties and production, positive oxidation state and hydrides
2. Noble gases, properties of group, obtaining and using of xenon compounds
3. Introduction to halogens, elements properties in order to oxidation state
4. Fluorine production and properties, differences between the fluorine and the other members of the group, fluorine compounds. Chlorine producing and properties, compounds of chlorine, bromine and Iodine
5. Introduction to chalcogen elements, elements properties in order to oxidation state
6. Oxygen properties and production, the compounds of oxygen, oxides, water
7. Sulfur properties and production, oxides and sulfur acids, other sulfur compounds, compounds of selenium and tellurium,
8. A group of nitrogen, elements properties in order to oxidation state
9. Nitrogen, properties of the production, ammonia, nitric acid and other nitrogen compounds, nitrogen fixation
10. Phosphorus, properties and production, oxides and acids of phosphorus, arsenic, antimony and bismuth
11. A group of carbon, elements properties in order to oxidation state
12. Carbon allotropes, carbon properties and production, carbon oxides, carbides, carbonates and bicarbonates. The compounds of silicon, germanium, tin and lead, semiconductor properties of silicon and germanium
13. A group of boron, elements properties in order to oxidation state, boranes, boric acid
14. Production and properties of aluminum, aluminum compounds, gallium, indium, thallium
15. Alkali and alkaline earth metals
Seminars :
1. Balancing chemical reactions, writing and balancing redox reactions in one line
2. Common reactions of hydrogen, the reducing action of hydrogen
3. Common reactions of chlorine, the disproportionation of chlorine in alkaline solutions, the oxidation activity of the halogens compounds
4. Common reactions of chalcogen elements, reaction of oxygen and ozone, the oxidizing action of oxygen,
5. The reaction of sulfur, the reactions which translate elemental sulfur to sulfuric acid, the oxidizing action of sulfuric acid, a dehydrating effect of sulfuric acid
6. Common reactions of nitrogen, the nitrogen production reactions, the reaction of ammonia oxidation to nitric acid, the oxidizing action of nitric acid.
7. Common reactions of phosphorus, oxidation reactions of phosphorus to phosphorus and phosphoric acid
8. Common reactions of carbon, oxides of carbon production, reducing effect of CO, binding of CO2 from the air, the precipitation of carbonates, cation hydrolysis
9. Common reactions of the boron group elements, reaction of boric acid production, dissolution of borax in water, production of crystalline boron acid, base properties of aluminum hydroxide,
10. Aluminum reducing action, aluminotermic reaction, common reactions of metals and metal production,
11. Common reactions of alkali and alkaline earth metals with water and their salts
12. Common reactions of transition metals, proving of peroxide with titanyl ion, oxidation states of vanadium, oxidative properties of permanganate, equilibrium between chromate and dichromate, iron compounds
13. Noble metals, zinc, cadmium and mercury
14. Sea - a mixture of inorganic substances. The chemical composition of sea water, salinity, pH and speciation
15. Mixed problems
Exercises :
1. Exercise: HYDROGEN
2. Exercise: 17th GROUP (Halogens )
3. Exercise: 16th GROUP (Chalcogens)
4. Exercise: 15th GROUP
5. Exercise: 14th GROUP and 13th GROUP, 1st and 2nd groups (Alkali and earth alkali metals)
6. Exercise: TRANSITION ELEMENTS (groups 3 to 7)
7. Exercise: TRANSITION ELEMENTS (groups 8 to 12)

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

The 80% presence at lectures and seminars and completed all laboratory exercises.

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work








Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

Prior to joining the laboratory exercises, students’ knowledge of the material concerned exercises will be verified by tests. All exercises must be completed.
Students who obtain a signature from the course Inorganic Chemistry can take the exam. The exam consists of a written and oral examination. The student approached the oral exam must first pass a written examination. The written part of the exam lasts two hours. The written part of the exam is evaluated as follows:
Exactly solved more than 55 % - sufficient
Exactly solved more than 70 % - good
Exactly solved more than 80 % - very good
Exactly solved more than 90 % - excellent
After the written exam on the notice board of the Department will be advertised results of the exam and time when students which did not pass the written exam can view tasks and schedule for oral examinations for students which have acquired this right .
A complete examination or part thereof may be installed through three partial tests during the semester. The tests cover material presented in lectures, seminars and exercises. Written tests are evaluated in the following manner:
Exactly solved more than 55 % - released a written exam
Exactly solved by 60 % - freed written and oral - sufficient
Exactly solved by 70 % - freed written and oral - good
Exactly solved by 80 % - freed written and oral - very good
Exactly solved by 90 % - freed written and oral - excellent
It is necessary to pass all tests in order to pass the exam. Students who did not meet any of the tests must take written and oral exam of that part .

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

I. Filipović, S. Lipanović, Opća i anorganska kemija II dio, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1995


S. Brinić: Recenzirana predavanja iz odabranih poglavlja Anorganske kemije, veljača 2012. KTF-Split. 30.1.2014.


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Z. Grubač: Recenzirana predavanja iz odabranih poglavlja Anorganske kemije, veljača 2012. KTF-Split. 30.1.2014.


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Vježbe iz Anorganske kemije (interna skripta), Kemijsko-tehnološki fakultet, Split, 2013.


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Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

F. Albert Cotton et al., Basic Inorganic Chemistry, New York, John Wiley and Sons, 1995.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

- Information from interviews, observations, and consultation with students during lectures
- Student survey

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)