Principles of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

Principles of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

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Wulfsberg successfully organizes descriptive inorganic chemistry by class-of-compound and by reaction or property type, and not element-by-element or group-by-group. Periodic trends in the reaction or property type e.g. hydrolysis among the members of a particular class of compounds e.g. halides of the elements are presented and related to the fundamental properties of the different elements involved. To explain these trends, basic principles of inorganic chemistry are then introduced. With this organization, principles grow out of descriptive chemistry and are then used to predict more descriptive chemistry. This book should be of interest to students on first year courses in inorganic chemistry.
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  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 188 x 236 x 24mm | 1,020.58g
  • CA, United States
  • 0534074944
  • 9780534074944

Table of contents

Inorganic chemistry. Metal cations and oxo anions in aqueous solution. Ionic solids and precipitation reactions of hydrated ions. Oxides and polynuclear oxo anions of the elements: their physical, chemical and environmental properties. Oxidation-reduction chemistry of the elements. Properties of the elements themselves. Coordination compounds and the Lewis acid-base concept. The hard and soft acid-base (HSAB) principle. The halides, nitrides and sulfides of the elements. The hydrides and organometallic derivatives of the elements. The underlying reasons for periodic trends. Summary: applying theory to chemical reality. Laboratory experiments in the principles of descriptive inorganic chemistry. Appendices: (A) Answers to selected exercises; (B) Glossary; (C) Frequently used tables. Index.
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