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Inorganic Chemistry (4th Edition) [Hardcover]

Gary L. Miessler , Donald A. Tarr
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March 4, 2010 0136128661 978-0136128663 4

This highly readable text provides the essentials of Inorganic Chemistry at a level that is neither too high nor too low. Praised for its coverage of theoretical inorganic chemistry, it discusses molecular symmetry earlier than other texts and builds on this foundation in later chapters. Plenty of supporting book references encourage you to further explore topics of interest.

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This introduction to inorganic chemistry emphasizes the use of bonding theories to explain the structures and reactions of inorganic compounds. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A new edition of a text can mean many things. To authors, it is a chance to try again to get it right and readable, and to revise outdated sections. To teachers and students, the new edition is potentially a more readable and useful text. For the author's family and friends, it is a chance to reclaim the attention that was devoted to the revising process. And finally, it means that the first edition was successful enough that a revision is necessary. We hope potential users will agree that this second edition retains the best features of the first edition and corrects any flaws.

As in the first edition of Inorganic Chemistry, we have chosen to emphasize molecular orbitals and symmetry in many aspects of bonding and reactivity. For example, we have devoted an early chapter, Chapter 4, to a discussion of molecular symmetry and introductory group theory, with examples of applications to molecular vibrations and chirality. In later chapters, we have used group theory in a variety of other applications, including molecular orbitals of main group compounds (Chapter 5) and coordination complexes (Chapter 10), and infrared spectra of organometallic compounds (Chapter 13). Additional applications of group theory are included in problems at the end of these and other chapters.

The early chapters provide a review of atomic theory (Chapter 2) and simple concepts of chemical bonding (Chapter 3). Following the introduction to group theory in Chapter 4, this theory is applied to the construction of molecular orbitals in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 provides a discussion of various acid-base concepts, emphasizing applications of molecular orbitals to acid-base interactions. Following the advice of many, we have added a chapter on solid state inorganic chemistry (Chapter 7). Chapter 8 summarizes some of the most important aspects of main group elements and their compounds. The rapid development of chemistry of the fullerenes has been recognized in a discussion of these molecules in Chapter 8 and of fullerene complexes in Chapter 13.

Chapters 9 through 14 are directed to the chemistry of the transition elements. The first four of these chapters deal, respectively, with the structures, bonding, electronic spectra, and reactions of classical transition metal complexes. We have followed reviewers' advice in reorganizing these chapters into this sequence. For this edition we have moved the discussion of terms and microstates into Chapter 11 so it immediately precedes its most common use, interpretation of spectra of coordination complexes. We have written the section on terms and microstates so it can still be used with the discussion of atomic spectra (Chapter 2) for those who might wish to follow the organization of the first edition.

Chapters 13 and 14 provide an introduction to organometallic compounds, their spectra, and reactions. Special attention has been given to catalytic cycles and their application to problems of chemical and industrial significance.

We believe that seeking similarities in the chemistry of different types of compounds can be an extremely valuable exercise, and we have therefore discussed some of these important parallels in Chapter 15, placing particular emphasis on the isolobal analogy developed by Roald Hoffmann and on similarities between main group and transition metal clusters.

Finally, no text would be complete without a discussion of the role of inorganic compounds in biological processes and in the environment. We have therefore devoted the final chapter, Chapter 16, to selected aspects of bioinorganic and environmental inorganic chemistry.

We have chosen the topics and the level of treatment that works well for us. Every teacher has favorite topics, as well as least-favorite ones. We hope that our choice of topics allows potential users to tailor the contents to their own courses. We welcome suggestions for improvements in future editions.

In addition to selecting the most appropriate topics, we have attempted to make our text as accessible to students as possible. We have therefore increased the number of examples and exercises within the chapters, with answers to examples included in the chapters and answers to exercises in Appendix A. To encourage use of the literature in inorganic chemistry, we have retained the extensive references in the first edition and have also increased the number of end-of-chapter problems taken from the chemical literature. We hope that these will be useful to both faculty and students using this text. At the end of each chapter is a list of suggested supplemental readings, with brief comments on each.

We want to express special appreciation to our students, who have submitted many suggestions for improving the clarity and accuracy of this edition. We especially appreciate one student, Beth Truesdale (now a Rhodes Scholar), who reviewed every chapter in detail and made hundreds of valuable suggestions. Thanks also to those from other schools who reviewed this book in preparation and offered many helpful suggestions:

Christopher W. Allen, University of Vermont
E. Joseph Billo, Boston College
Shelby Boardman, Carleton College
J. K. Burdett, University of Chicago
Robert L. Carter, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Michael Crowder, Miami University of Ohio
Edward Gillan, University of Iowa
Stephen Z. Goldberg, Adelphi University
Thomas Herrinton, University of San Diego
Brian Johnson, St. John's University, Minnesota
Tim Karpishin, University of California, San Diego
Robert M. Kren, University of Michigan, Flint
Lynn Koplitz, Loyola University
Robert G. Linck, Smith College
John Morrison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Roy P. Planalp, University of New Hampshire
John Sheridan, Rutgers University
Joshua Telser, Roosevelt University
Ray Trautman, San Francisco State University
Steve Watton, Virginia Commonwealth University
John C. Woolcock, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

We are responsible for the final result, but it has been improved by their comments, even when we did not follow their suggestions.

At Prentice Hall, John Challice was instrumental in starting the revision and Matthew Hart in keeping it moving. And Celeste Clingan at Accu-color, Inc. shepherded us through the production process with grace and understanding.

Most of all, we thank Becky, Naomi, Rachel, and Marge for their patience, help, and love throughout this process.

Gary L. Miessler
Donald A. Tarr
Northfield, Minnesota --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136128661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136128663
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good one semester advanced inorganic chemistry text February 6, 2003
It's hard to write an inorganic textbook that will please everybody. In general, there are three different types of undergraduate inorganic chemistry courses offered:
1) One semester Descriptive Inorganic (pre P. chem)
2) One semester Advanced Inorganic (post P. chem)
3) Two semester sequence (post P. chem)
Missler and Tarr's text is written for the second audience. If you are interested in a book that (i) is written at the jr/sr level; (ii) emphasizes group theory, molecular orbital theory, coordination chemistry, spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms and organometallic chemistry; and (iii) can be covered in one semester without killing the average undergraduate, then this is going to be a good text for you. If you are interested in descriptive chemistry or want a complete overview of inorganic chemistry, then you aren't going to be happy with M&T.
In my opinion, this is the best textbook on the market for a one-semester advanced inorganic course. My student's opinions of M&T were somewhat lukewarm, but at least it didn't inspire the scathing criticism that two other texts received in previous years. It's not a perfect book, but it is concise and well written for the audience it is intended to serve.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st year inorganic chemistry text August 14, 2004
By Amninta
This was the book used for 5.03 (Inorganic Chemistry I) at MIT for Spring 2004. I thought it was a great book in terms of examples and explanations of point groups & molecular orbital diagrams. A lot of the chapters seemed to be organized such that the essential information was presented first, followed by applications and interesting side notes for each of the topics. This was very helpful when skimming before the final! I also recommend the solution manual!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Dense for Undergrads January 26, 2003
This textbook is a paradigm in the art of conciseness: while I admire Miessler and Tarr's ability to convey the massive amount of every chapter in so few pages, it makes for extraordinarily difficult. My professor thought this would be a useful text to cover our introductory class, as it does not waste time on basic information on periodicity, etc. However, after a few weeks of telling us what not to read (as it was far too abstruse), and resorting to other textbooks, she had to give up altogether on this one. I imagine this work's chief usefulness will come to graduate students needing a "refresher", but not to anyone else. There are too few grainy pictures, questions that rarely relate to the material in the chapter, and a text whose density rivals the Bible.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crappy buy for the money March 13, 2008
By Patrick
I suppose you could say the book covers a wide range of complicated material, but that's pretty much it. It's extremely convoluted, an explanations are generally very poor. I had to search Google for supplementary links that actually explained most of the major concepts.

Not recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the new Inorganic Chemistry standard? March 29, 2007
This book seems to be the new standard for undergraduate inorganic chem. Came into use after I left university.

For those reviewers who don't like this text there are some good, less well known options:

1. Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee

2. Inorganic Chemistry by Catherine Housecroft and Alan G. Sharpe

3. Basic Inorganic Chemistry by F. Albert Cotton, Geoffrey Wilkinson, Paul L. Gaus

4. Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry by Geoff Rayner-Canham, Tina Overton. A nice, easy read for a one semester, terminal course. Only 569 pages - 4th edition. Not the be-all and end-all of inorganic chem, though.

5. Concepts and Models of Inorganic Chemistry by Bodie E. Douglas, Darl H. McDaniel, John J. Alexander

Check out my other reviews for other chem books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst college chemistry book I have read December 12, 2010
This was the worst college chemistry textbook that I have encountered. I have taken gen chem, organic, analytical, physical, biochem, photochem, and inorganic. This book was poorly written and extremely bland in terms of the pages. The sections of each chapter feel like they should be their own chapter in itself because the authors go on and on and on without stopping. And once you get to the next section, its a blunt start. There's little continuity between sections. Each page has little to offer in terms of supporting diagrams and tables. In addition, the examples given are not explained and consequently do nothing to help the reader's understanding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good...if you know what you're getting into... January 12, 2002
One must look at this book from the standpoint of the authors. This book is written from a symmetry and point-group standpoint. Having met the authors, I learned that the symmetry and point-group chapter (3?) was written first, then everything thereafter came from that. Also, this was NEVER meant to be a comprehensive textbook. It's designed to be used for a 1 semester course. What is excellent is that the basics are taught really well (the point-group stuff, and the ligand-field theory chapter) and that there are literature references to almost all topics in the book. If you feel like you don't get it, this book faciliates extended learning by pointing the reader to primary resources. If you like learning and have a good prof, this is a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Should have Jumped Right In... May 17, 2013
By The Tim
I wanted to rate this book 4 stars. While the writing can be a bit stale at times this book has a lot to be praised. It is a remarkably concise and yet very broad book about many essential concepts in Inroganic Chemistry. While the chapters on symmetry and point groups were very confusing in my opinion I very much enjoyed many of the other chapters, particularly the chapters on coordination chemistry and spectroscopy. The authors cut right to the point (which makes this a surprisingly short textbook) and even as someone without the strongest background in math and quantum mechanics I still found I could learn a lot from the book. Moreover, they provide extensive references for further reading. Plenty of textbooks are reference-laden but this book puts them out for the reader to easily see, allowing them to furhter purse topics of interest, a must for a book so short.

Why do I rate it 3 stars? Quite simply the book gets off to a very slow start. The authors are clearly trying to establish a bridge between basic inorganic chemistry and advanced topics but their writing style does not suit basic topics at all. I was lucky enough to have Inorganic Chem I fresh in my mind during Inorganic II and I found this book made many simple topics like basic MO theory unnecessarily confusing. If they had gone right to Group Theory from the start of the book I would have given it 4 stars. It gets off, however, to a weak and confusing start. Anyone who is rusty on basic atomic orbital knowledge and basic MO theory should use another book.

In the end, though, this is still a very solid book, especially for someone who is well-versed in quantum mechanics. Definetely worth considering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Inorganic Ride of your Lifetime!
Book sucks. Doesn't explain concepts very well. There has got to be a better textbook for inorganic chemistry. Labile Ligands.
Published 4 months ago by MillerMan107348
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensible
I used this book for my undergraduate course in Inorganic. I thought it did it's job pretty well. The explanations were simple and easy to follow. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, needs solutions manual though.
Inorganic chemistry is an interesting class, and this book is much cheaper to rent or buy than the newest 5th edition. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dylan Pitcairn
5.0 out of 5 stars For the class
It was for the class
Inorganic chemistry class at my school
Inorganic chem is hard class if you have any other choice, choose other class
But I had fun with that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Goeun choi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Doesn't explain everything that some inorganic classes cover, but it does cover most of them. I don't love it because the descriptions can be somewhat vague.
Published 12 months ago by Sandra Ciborowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Very accessible book, read it from cover to cover. The material isn't always the easiest but I feel that the book describes very visual concepts and computational concepts... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dan Sheehy
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
i bought it as a textbook. a good thing is that the solution to each exercise question is given in the solution manual.
Published 15 months ago by ny
5.0 out of 5 stars class room book
again my daughter used it for chemistry work and it was great. the great part of it is the prices of the books as compared to what the are in the bookstores here and the service... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dan Nelms
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent textbook
This book is decent. Definitely more like an encyclopedia than an ordinary textbook, and certainly lacking in the example department. Otherwise, it does the trick!
Published 16 months ago by BMK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
This is a college textbook, its point which is to inform, not entertain. Also, by the time you take an inorganic chemistry course you should have, at the least, four semesters of... Read more
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