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Inorganic Chemistry Paperback – May, 1992

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ISBN-13: 978-0582059139 ISBN-10: 0582059135 Edition: 3 Sub

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"Any book reaching its third edition must be successfu

From the Back Cover

Housecroft & Sharpe's Inorganic Chemistry is established as the leading textbook in the field and has been fully updated in this third edition.  Designed as a student text, Inorganic Chemistry focuses on teaching the underlying principles of inorganic chemistry in a modern and relevant way.

 

Within a single text, Inorganic Chemistry provides a balanced introduction to core physical-inorganic principles and to the descriptive chemistry of the elements.  Using worked examples and self-study exercises, Inorganic Chemistry reinforces the links between these two key themes.   Special selected topics chapters are also included, covering inorganic kinetics and mechanism, catalysis, solid state chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry.  New to this edition is a section on carbon nanotubes included in the chapter dealing with solid state chemistry.

 

Inorganic Chemistry  has been carefully designed with teaching aids throughout to enhance learning.  A stunning full-colour text design and three-dimensional illustrations bring inorganic chemistry to life.  Topic boxes have been used extensively to relate the chemistry to issues in everyday life, the chemical industry, the environment and legislation, and natural resources.  New to this edition are also experimental techniques boxes  introducing physical methods such as diffraction methods, computational chemistry, ESR spectroscopy and HPLC. 

 

Numerous worked examples take students through each calculation or exercise step by step. They are followed by related self-study exercises, complete with answers, to help build further confidence.  New self-study exercises have been added throughout the book.  End-of-chapter problems (including 'overview' problems) reinforce learning and  develop subject knowledge and skills.  Definitions boxes and end-of-chapter checklists provide excellent revision aids while further reading suggestions, from topical articles to recent literature papers, encourage students to explore topics in more depth.

 

New to this edition

  • The coverage of 'basic concepts' has been split into two chapters (Chapters 1 and 2).
  • Updated coverage of recent advances in basic inorganic chemistry.
  • Improved coverage of the use group theory in infrared spectroscopy (Chapter 4), of charge transfer bands and UV-VIS spectroscopy (Chapter 21), of term symbols and microstates (Chapter 21), and of magnetism (Chapter 21).
  • New sections on superacids (Chapter 9) and carbon nanotubes (Chapter 28).
  • Many new self-study exercises have been added to the descriptive chemistry chapters.  
  • New experimental techniques boxes.
  • Updated applications and resources, environmental and biological boxes.  In selected boxes, photographs have been  included for the first time.

Supporting the third edition

  • Companion Website available at www.pearsoned.co.uk/housecroft  Featuring multiple choice questions (including additional questions for this edition)and rotatable 3-D molecular structures.
  • PowerPoint figures and tables for lecturers.
  • A short Guide for Lecturers written by Catherine E. Housecroft.
  • A Solutions Manual, written by Catherine E. Housecroft, with detailed solutions to all end-of-chapter problems within the text is available for separate purchase,  ISBN 978-0-13-204849-1.

 

 

Catherine E. Housecroft is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Basel, Switzerland.  She is the author of a number of textbooks and has extensive teaching experience in the UK, Switzerland, South Africa and the USA.  Alan G. Sharpe is a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK and has had many years of experience teaching inorganic chemistry to undergraduates.  

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 3 Sub edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582059135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582059139
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,409,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Billy Wayne Mccann on February 12, 2010
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I find this book frustrating.

The presentation is very poor. Topics are broached willy-nilly with paltry discussion. Sometimes it's just plain laughable. For example, Box 1.3, discussing the particle in the box: "There is one further restriction that we shall simply state: the boundary condition for the particle in the box is that [the wavefunction] must be zero when x=0 and x=a." Instead of a simple statement of this and expecting the student to take it on authority, why not give the *reason* for these boundary conditions, which can be summarized in a single sentence, i.e. 'the wavefunction must be continuous with the region outside the box, which is also zero'? Another example from the first chapter: the section "Ground state electronic configurations: experimental data". After I read this section I couldn't help but think to myself "where's the experimental data? what was the point of this section?"

Which leads to my second criticism: who is this book for? It's too advanced for undergraduates and not advanced enough for graduates. This book attempts to be all-things-to-all-people, in my opinion, which makes it good for no one. It's as though the authors took an undergraduate text and added a few more bits here and there, sporadically, without rhyme or reason. This may or may not be the reason that this book weighs SIX pounds. The authors tried to shoe-horn too much into this book.

Finally, the aesthetics of the book are atrocious. The color scheme used is distracting and hard on the eyes. Dark primary colors and light pastels on the same page?!? On some pages you can count up to six different colors used for separate things. I feel like my eyes are being pulled every direction and find it difficult to concentrate on the text.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 7, 2005
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I realize that this is supposed to be an introductory book, however it does not provide enough detail to be very useful in my 2nd year inorganic chem class. I am extremely disappointed by this since the book costs so much money. I wonder how much more it would cost if it was hardcover.

It does have a good layout and bright pictures and colors though. I guess this is supposed to stimulate the brain or something.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ScienceGirl on June 22, 2012
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When I first took inorganic as an undergrad, I didn't think that this book was clear enough. As a stand-alone text, it was not adequate. However, once I paired it with Shriver and Atkins, many of the holes were filled in. (Interestingly, Shriver/Atkins alone wasn't adequate either). They needed to be paired- particularly when studying M-O diagrams and lattices etc. I would also recommend Metal-Ligand Bonding by Janes and Moore. This combination was my elixir...my inorganic triumvirate. Hope this helps.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arturo Ruiz on February 3, 2013
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I knew this book will take most of my time out of my other courses I am taking. The book is very compact and huge, which is why I knew it will be a very complicated textbook that my professor chose. Once I began my assignment, the chapters were neatly organized and easy to comprehend. I thought it will take me numerous of times to understand the sections of the chapter, but at the end of each section are quick worked-out problems and practice questions to review at the end of each section. I was very satisfied with the review portion of the textbook. If I had any questions I used the section highlighted terms and Google or looked up on YouTube. The information online and videos closely related to the textbook material and I was able to get back on track. I will definitely recommend this textbook as a reference or if a professor is taking any recommendations. This will help a lot in the long run.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 7, 2008
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Well, just finished up Inorganic chemistry and I found this book to be somwhat helpful. The first few chapters of this book are not too bad and it does a decent job with explaining introductory molecular symmetry (point group, I.R. Spectroscopy....) My issue with this book was it's explanation of bonding in polyatomic molecules. It's ligand group approach was so convoluted I had to use my PCHM book (McQuarrie) to paint somewhat of a clearer picture. Also, the chapter on d-block chemistry could use more math to explain crystal field theory. Anyhow, I only used two different books so I cannot comment on what book to use and/or not to use. Hopes this helps....Oh yeah, Honk if you passed PCHM!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gradenko on April 13, 2012
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It's a must have book for undergraduate chemistry students. Love the plain and easy explanation, as well as the colors, that let you have a better grasp of what's going on. It could be complemented with Atkin's or Huheey's Inorganic Chemistry. As for the delivery, it has been delivered in perfect condition. A buy you're not going to regret.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coffeeking20 on August 15, 2013
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This is the book I'm using to decide whether or not to major in Chemistry as I'm still a lower division student. I can't put it down, the subject is addicting. The text is very clear so I'm not sure what the lower reviewers are talking about. As long as you're interested in it, it's a great text. Makes other subjects look dry as a bone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Veber on October 24, 2008
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There are many insufficient inorganic textbooks out there, but Housecroft is not one of them. With the easy to follow, but in depth discussions and lots of practice questions this is a great inorganic book for anyone learning inorganic chemistry. Very recommended!
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