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Descriptive Inorganic, Coordination, and Solid State Chemistry 3rd Edition
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Overall, one of my favorite books I've ever read, highly recommended even if its not a required text in your course!
1. Excellent review questions at the end of each chapter. Better than Messler and Tarr.
2. The author seems quite passionate about the subject matter, which might be infectious to students. From my understanding Rodgers took a year-long sabbatical to write this textbook.
3. The author does a great job breaking down the mathematics behind inorganic chemistry.
4. Rodgers presents fairly clear diagrams (in black and white) which help support what he is trying to communicate in the text.
5. Decent teaching materials are available through the publisher. These include an art library and solutions manual (there is no test bank included).
6. The writing is a bit more lively than traditionally-used inorganic textbooks (e.g., MacKay et al; Douglas et al.)
1. It reads like a novel; makes locating information (quickly) a headache.
2. The price is too unreasonable. I feel horrible asking my students to purchase a textbook for $200.
3. Content begins with coordination chemistry, which is contrary to an "atoms first" approach adopted by many general chemistry textbooks. I my mind, inorganic should start with quantum mechanics, move onto atoms, molecules, and then blossom into coordination compounds.
4. Instrumental methods presented in the textbook are quite vague. Many content on most standardized subject tests include instrumental knowledge (e.g., FT-IR, NMR).
5. The lack of color makes the content unappetizing to my students. In future editions, I'd like to see Rodgers published in color.
The book is a gentle introduction into the realms of inorganic chemistry. If physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical (also known as quantum) chemistry, and biochemistry are sister disciplines that can be said to deal with a limited portions of the periodic table (organic chemistry and biochemistry) or the abstract concepts not directly related to the periodic table (physical chemistry and quantum chemistry), inorganic chemistry attempts to deals with everything else. As the reader might expect, that is a huge goal. This book is but the first step toward accomplishing that goal. My professor started at Chapter 9 after Chapter 1, which I think is an easier place to start, because you gain an overview of Groups I to VIII elements, what a reader coming with a general and organic chemistry background is likely already more familiar with, before starting in the transitions metal elements chapters, where one must learn unfamiliar nomenclature for ligand coordination chemistry, and ending with chapters on solid-state chemistry (dealing with crystal arrangement and doping).
The problems aren't heavy on the technical aspects. You will not be pulled into difficult calculations characteristic of physical and analytical chemistry. Instead, the title describes the book aptly, it is a book focused on describing inorganic chemistry, not on going into details of orbital chemistry, calculations, and experiments. It is a good review book, a reference book, and an introductory course to the less popular, yet still fascinating aspects of the periodic table of which most people have only a passing understanding.
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This textbook is great for anyone who is interested in the history and development of inorganic chemistry. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Luan
This text was required for my class. For now, it seems well written and descriptive.Published 17 months ago by Amanda
About the book: it has been heavily highlighted and written on... with ink. I wouldn't mind the writing in and the highlighting, if it wasn't so heavily highlighted and written in... Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Crystal Le
not an easy read but the graphics at the front of the book and with in the chapters are very helpfulPublished on January 6, 2013 by Beans