This proven, sophomore-level text introduces the basics of coordination, solid-state, and descriptive main-group chemistry in a uniquely accessible manner, featuring a "less is more" approach. This approach allows you to present concepts and applications that you find particularly important and fascinating. Consistent with the "less is more" philosophy, the book does not review topics covered in introductory courses, but rather moves directly into topics central to inorganic chemistry. Written in a conversational prose style that is enjoyable and easy to understand, this book presents not only the basic theories and methods of inorganic chemistry (in three self-standing sections), but also a great deal of the history and applications of the discipline. The new edition features new art, more diversified applications, and a new icon system. And to better help students understand how the seemingly disparate topics of the periodical table connect, the book offers revised coverage of the author's "Network of Interconnected Ideas" on new full color endpapers, as well as on a convenient tear-out card. The author's presentation does not assume prerequisites of organic or physical chemistry.
Table of Contents
1. The Evolving Realm of Inorganic Chemistry.
PART 1: COORDINATION CHEMISTRY.
2. An Introduction to Coordination Chemistry.
3. Structures of Coordination Compounds.
4. Bonding Theories for Coordination Compounds.
5. Rates and Mechanisms of Reactions of Coordination Compounds.
6. Applications of Coordination Compounds.
PART 2: SOLID-STATE CHEMISTRY.
7. Solid-State Structures.
8. Solid-State Energetics.
PART 3: DESCRIPTIVE CHEMISTRY OF THE REPRESENTATIVE ELEMENTS.
9. Building a Network of Ideas to Make Sense of the Periodic Table.
10. Hydrogen and Hydrides.
11. Oxygen, Aqueous Solutions, and the Acid-Base Character of Oxides and Hydroxides.
12. Group 1A: The Alkali Metals.
13. Group 2A: The Alkaline-Earth Metals.
14. The Group 3A Elements.
15. The Group 4A Elements.
16. Group 5A: The Pnicogens.
17. Sulfur, Selenium, Tellurium, and Polonium.
18. Group 7A: The Halogens.
19. Group 8A: The Noble Gases.