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Inorganic Chemistry [Paperback]

A. G. Sharpe
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May 1992 0582059135 978-0582059139 3 Sub
This classic text provides a critical introduction to the subject through a balanced and readable account of the fundamental principles and their application to the systematic study of the elements and compounds. Fully revised and reset in a larger format for accessibility.


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This book's fresh writing style—combined with up-to-date coverage, numerous examples, worked exercises, and real-life applications—provides a critical introduction to modern inorganic chemistry. It offers superior coverage of all key areas, including descriptive chemistry, MO theory, bonding, and physical inorganic chemistry. Chapter topics are presented in logical order and include: basic concepts; nuclear properties; an introduction to molecular symmetry; bonding in polyatomic molecules; structures and energetics of metallic and ionic solids; acids, bases, and ions in aqueous solution; reduction and oxidation; non-aqueous media; and hydrogen. Four special topic chapters, chosen for their currency and interest, conclude the book. For researchers seeking the latest information in the field of inorganic chemistry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 3 Sub edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582059135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582059139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,126,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Detailed Enough November 7, 2005
A Kid's Review
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who is this book for? 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Inorganic Textbook 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inorganic chemist review September 5, 2010
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This is a great book! It is always that hardest to organize a book, but Housecroft has done a great job! The pictures and visual descriptions are very usable and easy to teach. This book touches on a little bit of everything. Sometimes depth is needed but that is what supplementary material is for! Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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For the price, this book is right.

1. You can find used copies of it for about $65. And let's be for real......Inorganic Chemistry is Inorganic Chemistry is Inorganic Chemistry. Spending $200 for the same thing that you could get for $65 leaves you with nothing to show for being $135 lighter.

2. The resale value on the book is good.

3. The book is paperback and the presentation is not overly florid.

4. There is enough for you to pick what you need (as an instructor) and leave the rest behind. Maybe you don't need *all that much discussion* about some topics. Enough to fill up a lecture but not enough to derive Schrodinger's Equation from first principles (does anyone really understand that anyway?)

Verdict: Worth the money. Recommended to some Head of Department who is considerate of the amounts that his students have to spend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most interesting subject, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book. January 16, 2013
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When I took the class, I loved this book. Great explanations and diagrams where the instructors weren't too effective. I wouldn't suggest a different series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars, really 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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