Concise Chemistry of the Elements


  • S C Siekierski, Institute of Chemistry and Nuclear Technology, Poland
  • J Burgess, University of Leicester, UK

The Periodic Table of the Elements is the most widely used basis for systematic discussion of inorganic chemistry. Two experienced chemists encapsulate their knowledge and teaching experience in this succinct text, suitable for both undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Part one explains how fundamental properties of atoms determine the chemical properties of elements, and how and why these properties change in the Periodic Table. The main properties discussed include radii and energies, ionization potentials, and electron affinities. Particular emphasis is placed on unique properties of the first s, p, and d shells, on the effects of filled 3d and 4d shells on the properties of p and d elements, and on relativistic effects in the heavy elements. The overall treatment will clarify many complex concepts. Part two presents an outline of inorganic chemistry within the framework of the Periodic Table, detailing the application and relevance of the principles set out in part one.
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Undergraduate and graduate students


Book information

  • Published: October 2002
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-898563-71-6


This compact text, with an abundance of easy-to-read tables and diagrams, for third and fourth-year undergraduates, is also a good reference source for postgraduate students and programmers, in a format ideal for learning, quick reference and rapid revision., Education in Chemistry
Covers theory and chemistry for upper division undergraduate and postgraduate students., Choice: American Library Association

Table of Contents

Part 1 General properties: Many-electron atoms: Shell filling in many-electron atoms; Radii and their changes in the main-group elements; Orbital energies and related properties; Oxidation states and their stability; Catenation and formation of condensed phases. Part 2 Chemical properties: Hydrogen and the alkali metals: The alkaline-earth metals; Groups 13 and 3; Group 14; Group 15; Group 16; Group 17 - The halogens; Group 18 - The Noble gases; Transition elements; Group 11 - The coinage metals; Group 12; Lanthanides and actinides; The transactinide elements; The structure of the periodic table.