Education and Teaching

Teaching

Dr. Rodriguez's philosophy is to engage the students during lecture and to instruct them through regular and rigorous problem sets. To set the right pace for students to remain engaged, Dr. Rodriguez utilizes the blackboard instead of powerpoint. Multimedia is used when appropriate, however, such as using software to visualize 3D structures and orbitals. A very excellent example includes the website for visulaizing symmetry and point groups hosted at Otterbein College ( click here ).

Dr. Rodriguez has taught Inorganic Chemistry at the graduate (CHEM601) and undergraduate level (CHEM401), general chemistry for the majors (CHEM146) and advanced inorganic chemistry (CHEM602). Click below for pictures from lectures and example problem sets from past courses. Full course material can be accessed at Canvas website.

CHEM401, Spring 2014 and 2015

Syllabus and problem-set 2 and problem-set 6

Time and location: Lectures MWF 2 PM to 2:50 PM in Chemistry Building 1402

Required text: G. L. Miessler, P. J. Fischer, D. A. Tarr, “Inorganic Chemistry", 5th Ed.: Pearson, 2013

Week 1 lectures Week 2 lectures Week 3 lectures Week 4 lectures Week 5 lectures Week 6 lectures

CHEM601, Structure and Bonding in Materials and Molecules, Fall 2012, 2013, and 2014

Syllabus and problem-set 2 and problem-set 6

Links to useful (and free) educational and pedagogical sources

Inorganic chemistry:

The Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource (VIPEr) www.ionicviper.org

The University of Liverpool's ChemTube3D for structure and bonding, inorganic chemistry, and much more. www.chemtube3d.com/

The University of Sheffield's site for visualizing atomic and simple molecular orbitals hosted by Dr. Mark Winter. winter.group.shef.ac.uk/orbitron/

The Otterbein University site for simulation of point groups and symmetry elements hosted by Dr. Dean H. Johnston. symmetry.otterbein.edu/

Crystallography and solid state chemistry:

The Univeristy of Cambridge tutorial on lattice planes and Miller indices www.doitpoms.ac.uk/tlplib/miller_indices/index.php

The University of Cambridge tutorial on crystallography www.doitpoms.ac.uk/tlplib/crystallography3/index.php

Interactive tutorial about diffraction. www.lks.physik.uni-erlangen.de/diffraction/

Ram Seshadri's periodic table with tabulated Shannon and Prewitt radii www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri/Periodic//