Course review : CH104

Chemistry II (DIC)

~ by Ajinkya Dhepe

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Spring Semester (2018-2019)

Course Instructor

Prof. G. K. Lahiri (Inorganic) , Prof. Rodney Fernandes (organic)

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?

In my opinion it was Lenient.

What was the Attendance Policy?

Formally 80% , but no DX grades were awarded.



This Course evaluation comprises of?

Quizzes(2), Mid-Sem, End-Sem

2 Quizzes (10% each, one for each organic and inorganic section), Mid-sem (40%) End-sem (40%)

What are the topics covered in the course?

Werner’s theory, VBT, CFT, Metal Carbonyls of 3d-series, Isomerism, Jahn Teller effect, Ground state symbols and excited state symbols of different electronic configurations, Splitting of Ground State Terms of different electronic configurations, Spectroscopy (various transitions including d-d transitions, spin rule and Laporte rule), Catalysis and examples of catalytic cycles using coordination compounds.

Reaction Mechanism, Energies and kinetics, Reaction Intermediates(Carbocation, Carbanion, Free Radicals, Carbenes, Nitrenes, Arenium ion, Benzyne), Radical Reactions, Nucleophilic Aliphatic Substitution, Aromatic Nucleophilic Substitution, Electrophilic aromatic substitution, Electrophilic Aliphatic Substitution, Molecular Rearrangement.

How were the Lectures for this course?

The lectures are very very helpful when it comes to the inorganic part. If one carefully listens to the lectures and takes down notes carefully, one will be easily able to solve the questions in the quiz and mid-sem/end-sem. The questions are solely based on what was taught in the class with slight application of concept and are easy to answer. For the organic part, the lectures are quite interesting. The professor discusses some important things which are quite basic and conceptual in nature and will help us in the future.

How were the Exams for this course?

The exams are very easy to score in. For the inorganic section, a thorough revision of lecture notes will ensure a great score in both exams of that section. The correction I’m the inorganic paper might seem strict but it really matters on the way one writes. So along with knowledge, one also needs to know how to present the answers, what are the key points to be emphasized etc. The organic section’s exams are also easy with some questions being direct, many being of moderate difficulty and a few being tricky. A thorough go through of the slides is the major key to crack the exams.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?

No Assignments and Projects were given for the course. There may be tutorials held on the discretion of the professor, but they won’t be graded.

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

As mentioned earlier, attending the lectures for inorganic section is highly recommended for a good score. The exam has questions solely based on whatever has been spoken in the lectures with certain twists. Writing skills and the ability to present the key points also helps out a lot. The organic part needs practice from solving tutorials and past years’ papers.

References used in this course:

Shriver and Atkins – Inorganic Chemistry
James Huheey – Inorganic Chemistry
Clayden, Jerry March, LG Wade – Organic Chemistry

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