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Inorganic Chemistry

Gary Wulfsberg Middle Tennessee State University

Wulfsberg's new Inorganic Chemistry is ideal for use as the primary textbook in the junior-, senior- and introductory graduate-level sequence of inorganic chemistry courses. With a clear descriptive approach that seamlessly integrates bioinorganic, environmental, geological, and medicinal material into each chapter, there is much to like about this contemporary text.

Print Book, ISBN 978-1-891389-01-6, US $141
eBook, eISBN 978-1-938787-57-7, US $90
Copyright 2000
978 pages, Casebound

Summary

Wulfsberg’s new Inorganic Chemistry is ideal for use as the primary textbook in the junior-, senior- and introductory graduate-level sequence of inorganic chemistry courses. With a clear descriptive approach that seamlessly integrates bioinorganic, environmental, geological, and medicinal material into each chapter, there is much to like about this contemporary text. Also refreshing is an empirical approach to problems in which the text emphasizes observations before moving on to theoretical models. Because Part I of the book explains chemical concepts and reactions using Valence Bond theory, it may be used by students who have not had physical chemistry; thus Part I of the book is also recommended for use in a one-semester introductory course. Part II covers all traditional topics of an advanced inorganic course for chemistry majors including symmetry, molecular orbital theory, transition metal chemistry, organometallic chemistry, inorganic materials and mechanisms, and bioinorganic chemistry.

Worked examples and solutions in each chapter combine with chapter-ending study objectives, 40-70 exercises per chapter, and experiments for discovery-based learning to make this, in the words of one reviewer, “an outstanding new text.” This remarkable book even appears as set dressing in Universal Pictures motion picture, The Incredible Hulk with Nick Nolte.

Ancillaries

  • A detailed Instructors’ Manual is available for adopting professors.
  • Art from the book may be downloaded by adopting professors.

Translated into French.

Table of Contents

Part I. Inorganic Ions and Simple Molecules in Chemistry and In Our Environment

1. Periodic Trends in Fundamental Properties of Atoms and Simple Ions

2. Monoatomic Ions and Their Acid-Base Reactivity

3. Polyatomic Ions and Their Acid-Base Properties

4. Ionic Solids and Precipitation Reactions of Hydrated Ions

5. Trends in Coordination Equilibria

6. Principles of Oxidation-Reduction Reactivity

7. Thermochemical Analyses of Reactivity Trends

8. Introduction to Transition Metal Complexes

Part II. Inorganic Substances and Materials: Theory and Applications

9. Symmetry

10. Molecular Orbital Theory

11. Organometallic Chemistry of the d-Block Elements

12. The Elements and Their Physical Properties

13. Oxides of the Elements

14. The Halides, Nitrides, and Sulfides of the Elements

15. Hydrides, Alkyls, and Aryls of the Elements

16. Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms

17. Advanced Topics: Excited Electronic States, Photochemistry, and Activated Molecules

Appendices A-B

Answers to Selected Exercises

Index

Reviews

“An attractive feature is the extent to which the author relates inorganic chemistry to other areas….Wulfsberg offers an original and engaging perspective on inorganic chemistry.”
-Journal of Chemical Education

“Wulfsberg’s text introduces the key concepts of inorganic chemistry in the way that most students want to see them (and that they were developed) — as empirical observations. Once the observations are mastered, the text moves to a discussion of the theoretical model (or models) consistent with the observations. Bioinorganic and environmental applications of inorganic chemistry are brought in at the point that they are appropriate. This is a stimulating text, and one that warrants serious consideration for adoption.
-James Penner-Hahn, University of Michigan

“Wulfsberg has written an extraordinary book that successfully combines two concepts into one. The early part of the book is a useful review of inorganic principles, while the latter part serves as a stand-alone advanced inorganic chemistry textbook. This text is user friendly for student and instructor alike, which I will seriously consider for adoption.”
-Roger DeKock, Calvin College

Gary Wulfsberg Middle Tennessee State University

Gary Wulfsberg is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his B.S. degree at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry under Robert C. West at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His postdoctoral work was at the Cornell University Program on Science, Technology, and Society, and the Technical University of Darmstadt. Gary has served as chairman of the International Steering Committee for Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions, and he is the author of 40 publications and two previous University Science Books textbooks, Principles of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (1987, also translated into Italian) and Inorganic Chemistry (2000, also translated into French).

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