Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry Fifth Edition by Geoff Rayner-Canham and Tina Overton pdf.
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry Fifth Edition by Geoff Rayner-Canham and Tina Overton.
CHAPTER 1 The Electronic Structure of the Atom: A Review
CHAPTER 2 An Overview of the Periodic Table
CHAPTER 3 Covalent Bonding
CHAPTER 4 Metallic Bonding
CHAPTER 5 Ionic Bonding
CHAPTER 6 Inorganic Thermodynamics
CHAPTER 7 Solvent Systems and Acid-Base Behavior
CHAPTER 8 Oxidation and Reduction
CHAPTER 9 Periodic Trends
CHAPTER 10 Hydrogen
CHAPTER 11 The Group 1 Elements: The Alkali Metals
CHAPTER 12 The Group 2 Elements: The Alkaline Earth Metals
CHAPTER 13 The Group 13 Elements
CHAPTER 14 The Group 14 Elements
CHAPTER 15 The Group 15 Elements: The Pnictogens
CHAPTER 16 The Group 16 Elements: The Chalcogens
CHAPTER 17 The Group 17 Elements: The Halogens
CHAPTER 18 The Group 18 Elements: The Noble Gases
CHAPTER 19 Transition Metal Complexes
CHAPTER 20 Properties of the 3d Transition Metals
CHAPTER 21 Properties of the 4d and 5d Transition Metals
CHAPTER 22 The Group 12 Elements
CHAPTER 23 Organometallic Chemistry
CHAPTER 24 The Rare Earth and Actinoid Elements
Descriptive inorganic chemistry was traditionally concerned with the properties of the elements and their compounds. Now, in the renaissance of the subject, with the synthesis of new and novel materials, the properties are being linked with explanations for the formulas and structures of compounds together with an understanding of the chemical reactions they undergo. In addition, we are no longer looking at inorganic chemistry as an isolated subject but as a part of essential scientific knowledge with applications throughout science and our lives. Because of a need for greater contextualization, we have added more features and more applications.
In many colleges and universities, descriptive inorganic chemistry is offered as a sophomore or junior course. In this way, students come to know something of the fundamental properties of important and interesting elements and their compounds. Such knowledge is important for careers not only in pure or applied chemistry but also in pharmacy, medicine, geology, and environmental science. This course can then be followed by a junior or senior course that focuses on the theoretical principles and the use of spectroscopy to a greater depth than is covered in a descriptive text. In fact, the theoretical course builds nicely on the descriptive background. Without the descriptive grounding, however, the theory becomes sterile, uninteresting, and irrelevant.
Education has often been a case of the “swinging pendulum,” and this has been true of inorganic chemistry. Up until the 1960s, it was very much pure descriptive, requiring exclusively memorization. In the 1970s and 1980s, upper-level texts focused exclusively on the theoretical principles. Now it is apparent that descriptive is very important—not the traditional memorization of facts but the linking of facts, where possible, to underlying principles. Students need to have modern descriptive inorganic chemistry as part of their education. Thus, we must ensure that chemists are aware of the “new descriptive inorganic chemistry“.
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