To introduce the students to the language and terminology of inorganic chemistry, while building an understanding of the underlying principles that govern chemical and physical properties of atoms and simple molecules. The concepts of bond formation and chemical properties will be discussed, with an introduction tovibrational spectroscopy. The course will address the periodicity of the main group elements, transitional metals, lanthanides and actinides. This course will also introduce solid state chemistry, group theory and the principles of X-ray diffraction. Additional transferable skills will be developed by group work and the studentswill improve their presentation skills.