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Inorganic Chemistry Paperback – December 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1429218207 ISBN-10: 1429218207 Edition: Fifth Edition

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  • Paperback: 830 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Fifth Edition edition (December 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429218207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429218207
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shriver and Atkins Inorganic Chemistry is an excellent undergraduate textbook which allows students to develop their understanding of the principles or inorganic chemistry and their applications in modern research as they work through the book. The layout of the book, the excellent standard of presentation and the use of well chosen worked examples and very useful open ended problems make this an extremely accessible text. The Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author team comprises chemical educators and researchers who are at the cutting edge of their fields, and who are perfectly placed to write a text that is accessible to students, uniformly authoritative and up-to-date in its coverage. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Example problems aren't well explained.
AnomalousEllipse
You have to go online or something but that never worked out.
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It is written as if it is NOT an introductory textbook.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I know this review will be filed under the listing for the solutions manual, but I'm writing about both the text and the manual and, quite frankly, they share parallel flaws and errors. So here goes...

If there's anything enjoyable about Shriver and Atkins' "Inorganic Chemistry" (5th ed), it's the presentation. Nice organization of material with broad scope and colorful figures. The book itself is relatively lightweight too. It certainly doesn't seem as though this text is a typical undergraduate chemistry book.

Unfortunately, that's a statement that applies as much to this book's flaws as it does its (few) strengths. Atkins' explanations are terse and lean, and his definitions of terms lack the clarity that a first-time student of inorganic chemistry - like myself - so often desperately needs. Examples are plentiful, but their 'solutions' vary between superfluous (and poorly - or even arrogantly - worded) and insufficient, and most end-of-chapter exercises and problems are either unclear in their desired solutions or only tangentially related to the 'skills' (whatever they're supposed to be - the text does very little to build up problem solving skills) presented in each chapter.

Which also brings me to the solutions manual, where one unfortunately finds even more flaws: not just lean explanations, but also plenty of errors and mistaken assumptions that could easily have been resolved had the manual's authors bothered to re-read what they wrote one more time. (For a glaring example, find a copy - don't buy one if you don't have to! - and consult the solution for Exercise 1.2. (The good news: the book's website has a free PDF of solutions to the self-tests and exercises.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hemphill on March 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pros: Nice pictures, some fun random chemical information. The first few chapters are OK.

Cons: The text is repetitive with no coherent narrative or intellectual structure to most of the chapters. It is painfully boring -- I love chemistry, I even like reading chemistry textbooks, but this book puts me to sleep. The solution manual has many significant errors -- totally unacceptable! For most topics, the intellectual depth is low. There is an enormous amount of detailed information, but a lot of it is uselessly specific, and the few truly useful nuggets of information get lost in the sea of irrelevant information.

Overall, the book is hampered by trying simultaneously to give lots of detail and not going in-depth enough conceptually. So, I end up skimming the chapters and ultimately giving up in disgust. There's probably only 20-30 pages of really good discussion, distributed unevenly throughout the text.

I don't know of a better introductory inorganic book, but it can't get much worse than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on March 3, 2014
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As my title describes, I am completely dissatisfied with this book. It it vaguely written. It does not clearly and concisely explain concepts or questions. It is written as if it is NOT an introductory textbook. It assumes you know principles that an introductory student does not know, which contributes to the poor explanations. The practice questions in the book are vague as well. Most of the time, it is difficult to understand what is even being asked and the wording is confusing rather than clear and to the point. There are multiple mistakes in the book and answer key (the answer key has most of the mistakes and explains things with concepts not even described in the book, but I'll save its comments for its own review). I would not recommend this book. I would actually strongly discourage it and recommend "Inorganic Chemistry" by Gary Miessler or Catherine Housecroft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AnomalousEllipse on February 10, 2013
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The explanations are pretty good. However they are a bit lacking for some fundamental and difficult concepts such as constructing MO theory orbitals and how it is done. The first chapter is rather dry and easy to just skip, but should just be review from lower level chemistry courses. I will try to update this review as I follow the book through the class. Thankfully my professor is amazing.

Edit: Further in the semester and decreasing the score from a 4 to a 3. The book barely touches on hard/soft acid/base chemistry which is a huge topic for predicting reactions. Some theoretical topics are covered in great detail, but are wholly useless for the level this book is written at. They explain lattices to great detail but lack sufficient explanation for all the ways Born-Haber cycles can be used. Equations aren't always presented well (not in their own paragraph) which makes reading difficult. Example problems aren't well explained. Basically, the book covers information very well, but it doesn't cover the information it needs to cover for a course well enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chemstudent on May 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
honestly there is no good inorganic text out there. the assigned text for my class was M&T's inorganic chemistry which I think is the standard book that other inorganic texts are compared to.While that text covers a wide range of topics, it is quite bland and not clear on explanations.some sections are well written but the authors do not explain in great detail making it hard to learn from.

i only found this book after i had finished my 1 semester inorganic course (which was more on descriptive inorganic chemistry covering a wide range of topics from coordination chemistry, bioinorganic, hsab theory, solid state etc). Now that i found it, i wished i had this book during the semester as it wouldve been a great help in understanding the material.i have also used atkins physical chemistry book and while i admit he is not the best at conveying information in a simple manner, this book compared to M&T's inorganic chemistry is much more readable
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