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Cummins, Christopher, 5.05 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry III, Spring 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare),  (Accessed 09 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Spring 2005

Illustration of phosphinocarbene. (Figure by Prof. Christopher Cummins.)

Course Highlights

This course features a selection of downloadable lecture notes.

Course Description

This course covers the principles of main group (s and p block) element chemistry with an emphasis on synthesis, structure, bonding, and reaction mechanisms.



Recommended Textbooks

The following texts are strongly recommended as they provide a helpful background for the topics covered in class:

Greenwood, Norman, and A. Earnshaw. Chemistry of Elements. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science, 1997. ISBN: 9780750633659.

Bader, Richard F. Atoms in Molecules: A Quantum Theory. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1994. ISBN: 9780198558651.

Class Work and Exams

In addition to lecture topics, problems will be presented to students in class for group problem solving sessions. There are no formal homework assignments. For Exam 2, students are required to give an oral presentation worth 20% of their grade. There are two additional exams - one is an in-class exam, and the other is in take-home format.


Exam 1 (In-class) 20%
Exam 2 (Oral Presentation) 20%
Exam 3 (Take-home) 20%
Class Participation (Discussion, Questions, Problem Solving) 40%




1 Introduction and Theory
2 Aluminum Chemistry I
3 Aluminum II
4 Phosphorus
  Exam 1 (In-class)
5 Gallium and Indium
6 Gallium Multiple Bonds
7 Gallium, Phosphorus, and Tin
  Exam 2 (Oral Presentations)
8 Nitrogen, Halogens, Noble Gases
9 Fluorine, Krypton
10 Relativistic Effects
11 Gold, Fluorine, Xenon
  Exam 3 (Take-home)   Tell A Friend