Course review : CH105

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

~ by Kedar Waychal

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Autumn 2019

Course Instructor

Prof. Nandita Madhavan (organic) & Prof. Ramaswamy Murugavel (Inorganic)

What grade was awarded to you?


Course Difficulty (On a scale of 1 to 5)


Comment on the grading done by the professor in your opinion?

It was quite moderate level of grading considering the freshmen courses.

What was the Attendance Policy?

None for us


None for organic. For inorganic, knowing how to write electronic configuration for any given atomic number, general atomic property trends(like ionization potential, electronegativity, etc), electronic phenomena (shielding, penetrating power, effective nuclear charge)

This Course evaluation comprises of?

One mid-sem (organic) and one end-sem (inorganic). This is a half semester course so you don’t even realise and the course gets over .

50% organic (mid-sem), 50% inorganic (end-sem) together for a combined CH105 grade

What are the topics covered in the course?

1. Organic : Huckel’s Theory for Conjugated Systems : Drawing MOs for Conjugated Systems, Explaining Reactivity on basis of MO Theory, Stereochemistry, Conformational Analysis : Determining energetically-favoured conformations for butanes, small cyclic compounds, cyclohexane derivatives, decalins , Carbonyl chemistry

2. Inorganic : Hard-soft acid-base principle, polaraizability, weak intermolecular interactions, Ellingham diagram, Transition metal chemistry : Crystal Field Theory, Crystal Field Splitting Energy for Octahedral and Tetrahedral complexes, Determination of Spinel structures, Jahn-Teller distortion, MO Theory for complexes, Magnetism in transition metal & lanthanide ions and their complexes

How were the Lectures & labs for this course?

8 lectures for organic, similar number for inorganic too. No labs however prof murugavel being ever enthusiastic about his subject shows many demonstration during lecture hours . You must ask him to speak slowly, just a heads up for juniors who shall take this course under him

How were the Exams (Quizzes, Mid-sem and End-sem) for this course?

The organic exam was relatively easy. For the inorganic exam, the question paper was definitely difficult, but all the answers required next to no concepts which had to be memorized. They were perfectly logical questions, albeit needing a deep understanding of the concepts to answer properly.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?

There were a couple of ungraded assignments given for pre-exam practice, which were moderate in difficulty.

Any tips for the junta to perform well in the course?

Do not stick only to lecture slides for inorganic; do go through at least one of the reference books your instructor recommends. For organic, lecture slides are enough, but solving problems from the reference books gives you happiness, and strengthens your concepts. The lectures are really interesting, so try not to miss them if you can. If you do, you might miss a peek at Prof. Murugavel’s extensive wine glass collection 🙂

References used in this course:

1. Organic : “Organic Chemistry Structure and Function”, 5th Edition, K. P. C. Vollhardt & N. E. Schore; “Organic Chemistry”, Clayden, Green, Warren and Wothers
2. Inorganic : “Concise Inorganic Chemistry” – J.D. Lee; Shriver & Atkins’ “Inorganic Chemistry” P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong; “Chemistry” 4th Edition, Catherine E. Housecroft, Edwin C. Constable

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