Inorganic Chemistry

Isolation/preparation and properties of the following non-metals: Boron, silicon, phosphorus, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur and halogens, Properties of allotropes of carbon (only diamond and graphite), phosphorus and sulphur.

Preparation and properties of the following compounds: Oxides, hydroxides, peroxides, carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides and sulphates of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, Aluminium: alumina, aluminium chloride and alums, Carbon: oxides and oxyacid (carbonic acid), Boron: diborane, boric acid and borax, Silicon: silicones, silicates and silicon carbide, Nitrogen: oxides, oxyacids and ammonia, Oxygen: ozone and hydrogen peroxide, Sulphur: hydrogen sulphide, oxides, sulphurous acid, sulphuric acid and sodium thiosulphate, Phosphorus: oxides, oxyacids (phosphorus acid, phosphoric acid) and phosphine, Halogens: hydrohalic acids, oxides and oxyacids of chlorine, bleaching powder, Xenon fluorides.

Transition elements (3d series): Definition, general characteristics, oxidation states and their stabilities, colour (excluding the details of electronic transitions) and calculation of spin-only magnetic moment; Coordination compounds: nomenclature of mononuclear coordination compounds, cis-trans and ionisation isomerisms, hybridization and geometries of mononuclear coordination compounds (linear, tetrahedral, square planar and octahedral).

Preparation and properties of the following compounds: Potassium permanganate, Oxides and chlorides of tin and lead, Oxides, chlorides and sulphates of Fe2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+, potassium dichromate, silver oxide, silver nitrate, silver thiosulphate.

Ores and minerals: Commonly occurring ores and minerals of iron, lead, magnesium, copper, tin, aluminium, zinc and silver.

Extractive metallurgy: Chemical principles and reactions only (industrial details excluded), Self reduction method (copper and lead), Electrolytic reduction method (magnesium and aluminium), Carbon reduction method (iron and tin), Cyanide process (silver and gold).

Principles of qualitative analysis: Groups I to V (only Ag+, Hg2+, Cu2+, Pb2+, Bi3+, Fe3+, Cr3+, Al3+, Ca2+, Ba2+, Zn2+, Mn2+ and Mg2+); Nitrate, halides (excluding fluoride), sulphate and sulphide.