Course review : CH227

Transition Metal Chemistry

~ by Dibyojeet Bagchi

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Autumn 2019

Course Instructor

Prof. Ravikant

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?

FR cutoff is fixed, rest is little strict too. you have been warned

What was the Attendance Policy?

Manual attendance, Didnt awarded any DX but wants atleast 75%-80%.



This Course evaluation comprises of?

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

Quiz 1 10%
Midsem 30%
Quiz 2 10%
End sem 50%

What are the topics covered in the course?

Introduction to Transition Metals (few properties)
Co- ordination Chemistry
JT effect and distortion
Ground and excited state terms and symbols
Selection Rules
Absorption emission and Colour in Complexes
Charge transfers
Photo chemistry (little bit)
Exticted state properties
Application of photo chemistry
Photo chemical Reactions of complexes
Phosphoresence and Fluorescence
Contrast between Co, Ru and Rh complex photo chemistry.

How were the Lectures for this course?

Initially they can be mundane but slowly the course picks up pace and post midsem part had rather interesting lectures in my opinion where the professor discusses research articles

How were the Exams for this course?

Exams are not that tough if you have gone through his notes properly, most of the questions are either from his notes or from the things which have been discussed in the class. When it comes to correcting he is quite strict about the punctuality of concepts or use of terms he mentioned in class. So frame your answers cleverly, use of diagrams which he used is always preferred. Generally quizzes and midsem are easy and endsem is little difficult.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?

No Assignments and Projects were given for the course.

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

Pre mid sem part is quite easy in terms of content as well as scoring so one should focus on losing minimum Mark’s till midsem. Pre mid sem part is mostly something which you all have probably done either during JEE or CH 104 so just revise the stuff follow sirs notes and don’t take things casually because post midsem pace of the course changes exponentially. Before midsem you may feel that course is quite boring or slow but trust me after midsems concepts taught are quite a bit high level stuff and need thorough understanding. But again the best way to perform well is attending all classes, take proper notes and learn them well because 99% of the paper is from his class notes only. One more suggestion dont piss the prof., by nature he is very good but dont do something that annoys him coz he remembers everything in the end.

References used in this course:

Profs. Notes is the best reference to score well. Apart from that post mid sems he hands out few papers for study. And in book one can follow Inorg. Chem by Huyey or Atkins.

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