P510: What is taught in Inorganic Chemistry? A survey of the field

Author: Barbara A. Reisner, James Madison University, USA

Co-Author: Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAK A1117

Related Symposium: S46

Inorganic chemists have long said that there is no single inorganic chemistry course. In Fall 2013, survey data on what is taught in the undergraduate curriculum were collected with assistance from the Division of Inorganic Chemistry and the users of VIPEr to help select the topics to be covered on a new sophomore inorganic exam being developed through the ACS Exams Institute. In this talk, survey data will be presented to provide a snapshot of (1) how we teach inorganic chemistry; (2) the topics covered in foundational, advanced, and laboratory courses; (3) expectations for entering graduate students; and (4) how the course has changed over the past 5 and 10 years. Cluster analysis indicates that there are four archetypical foundation courses and three in-depth courses, supporting the assertion that the inorganic chemistry course has a great deal of variation.