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Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies

Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies

Michael Matson, Alvin W. Orbaek

ISBN: 978-1-118-22882-1

Jun 2013

384 pages



The easy way to get a grip on inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry can be an intimidating subject, but it doesn't have to be! Whether you're currently enrolled in an inorganic chemistry class or you have a background in chemistry and want to expand your knowledge, Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies is the approachable, hands-on guide you can trust for fast, easy learning.

Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies features a thorough introduction to the study of the synthesis and behavior of inorganic and organometallic compounds. In plain English, it explains the principles of inorganic chemistry and includes worked-out problems to enhance your understanding of the key theories and concepts of the field.

  • Presents information in an effective and straightforward manner
  • Covers topics you'll encounter in a typical inorganic chemistry course
  • Provides plain-English explanations of complicated concepts

If you're pursuing a career as a nurse, doctor, or engineer or a lifelong learner looking to make sense of this fascinating subject, Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies is the quick and painless way to master inorganic chemistry.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Reviewing Some General Chemistry 7

Chapter 1: Introducing Inorganic Chemistry 9

Chapter 2: Following the Leader: Atomic Structure and Periodic Trends 21

Chapter 3: The United States of Oxidation 39

Chapter 4: Gone Fission: Nuclear Chemistry 53

Chapter 5: The ABCs: Acid-Base Chemistry 69

Part II: Rules of Attraction: Chemical Bonding 81

Chapter 6: No Mr. Bond, I Expect You to π: Covalent Bonding 83

Chapter 7: Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory 101

Chapter 8: Ionic and Metallic Bonding 121

Chapter 9: Clinging to Complex Ions: Coordination Complexes 143

Part III: It’s Elemental: Dining at the Periodic Table 159

Chapter 10: What the H? Hydrogen! 161

Chapter 11: Earning Your Salt: The Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals 171

Chapter 12: The Main Groups 183

Chapter 13: Bridging Two Sides of the Periodic Table: The Transition Metals 207

Chapter 14: Finding What Lies Beneath: The Lanthanides and Actinides 221

Part IV: Special Topics 233

Chapter 15: Not Quite Organic, Not Quite Inorganic: Organometallics 235

Chapter 16: Accelerating Change: Catalysts 253

Chapter 17: Bioinorganic Chemistry: Finding Metals in Living Systems 267

Chapter 18: Living in a Materials World: Solid-State Chemistry 287

Chapter 19: Nanotechnology 305

Part V: The Part of Tens 313

Chapter 20: Ten Nobels 315

Chapter 21: Tools of the Trade: Ten Instrumental Techniques 319

Chapter 22: Ten Experiments 323

Chapter 23: Ten Inorganic Household Products 329

Glossary 335

Index 343