Inorganic Chemistry

Gary Wulfsberg

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: March 16, 2000

Pages: 978 pages

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Wulfsberg’s new Inorganic Chemistry is ideal for use as the primary textbook in the junior-, senior- and introductory graduate-level sequence of inorganic chemistry courses. With a clear descriptive approach that seamlessly integrates bioinorganic, environmental, geological, and medicinal material into each chapter, there is much to like about this contemporary text. Also refreshing is an empirical approach to problems in which the text emphasizes observations before moving on to theoretical models. Because Part I of the book explains chemical concepts and reactions using Valence Bond theory, it may be used by students who have not had physical chemistry; thus Part I of the book is also recommended for use in a one-semester introductory course. Part II covers all traditional topics of an advanced inorganic course for chemistry majors including symmetry, molecular orbital theory, transition metal chemistry, organometallic chemistry, inorganic materials and mechanisms, and bioinorganic chemistry.

Worked examples and solutions in each chapter combine with chapter-ending study objectives, 40–70 exercises per chapter, and experiments for discovery-based learning to make this, in the words of one reviewer, “an outstanding new text”. This remarkable book even appears as set dressing in Universal Pictures’ motion picture, The Incredible Hulk with Nick Nolte.


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Part I. Inorganic Ions and Simple Molecules in Chemistry and In Our Environment
1. Periodic Trends in Fundamental Properties of Atoms and Simple Ions
2. Monoatomic Ions and Their Acid-Base Reactivity
3. Polyatomic Ions and Their Acid-Base Properties
4. Ionic Solids and Precipitation Reactions of Hydrated Ions
5. Trends in Coordination Equilibria
6. Principles of Oxidation-Reduction Reactivity
7. Thermochemical Analyses of Reactivity Trends
8. Introduction to Transition Metal Complexes

Part II. Inorganic Substances and Materials: Theory and Applications
9. Symmetry
10. Molecular Orbital Theory
11. Organometallic Chemistry of the d-Block Elements
12. The Elements and Their Physical Properties
13. Oxides of the Elements
14. The Halides, Nitrides, and Sulfides of the Elements
15. Hydrides, Alkyls, and Aryls of the Elements
16. Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
17. Advanced Topics: Excited Electronic States, Photochemistry, and Activated Molecules

Appendices A–B
Answers to Selected Exercises

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