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Inorganic Chemistry Paperback – May 1, 1992

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

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,796,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors tried to shoe-horn too much into this book.
Billy Wayne Mccann
Its a very good book to teach inorganic chemistry to undergraduate students.
Desmond macleod carey
The pictures and visual descriptions are very usable and easy to teach.
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15 of 17 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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10 of 11 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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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 Tyler Shepherd 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uzair on 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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1 of 1 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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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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