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Inorganic Chemistry

This textbook provides essential information for students of inorganic chemistry or for chemists pursuing self-study. The presentation of topics is made with an effort to be clear and concise so that the book is portable and user friendly. Inorganic Chemistry 2E is divided into five major themes (structure, condensed phases, solution chemistry, main group and coordination compounds) with several chapters in each. There is a logical progression from atomic structure to molecular structure to properties of substances based on molecular structures, to behavior of solids, etc. The author emphasizes fundamental principles-including molecular structure, acid-base chemistry, coordination chemistry, ligand field theory, and solid state chemistry -and presents topics in a clear, concise manner. There is a reinforcement of basic principles throughout the book. For example, the hard-soft interaction principle is used to explain hydrogen bond strengths, strengths of acids and bases, stability of coordination compounds, etc. The book contains a balance of topics in theoretical and descriptive chemistry.

New to this Edition:

  • New and improved illustrations including symmetry and 3D molecular orbital representations
  • Expanded coverage of spectroscopy, instrumental techniques, organometallic and bio-inorganic chemistry
  • More in-text worked-out examples to encourage active learning and to prepare students for their exams

This text is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level students enrolled in the Inorganic Chemistry course. This core course serves Chemistry and other science majors. The text may also be suitable for biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and other professionals who wish to learn more about this subject area.

Hardbound, 848 Pages

Published: October 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-385110-9


  • "Each chapter is well referenced and includes plenty of homework problems…for those advanced students who have completed physics and calculus, this would be an excellent resource for obtaining a thorough coverage of inorganic chemistry…Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE, August 2013
    "In a textbook for a one-semester upper-level introductory course in inorganic chemistry, House…selects topics to provide essential information in the major areas of the field such as atomic and molecular structure, condensed phases, acid-base chemistry and solvents, coordination chemistry, ligand field theory, and solid-state chemistry."--Reference and Research Book News, February 2013


    1. Light, Electrons, and Nuclei
    1.1 Some Early Experiments in Atomic Physics
    1.2 The Nature of Light
    1.3 The Bohr Model
    1.4 Particle-Wave Duality
    1.5 Electronic Properties of Atoms
    1.6 Nuclear Binding Energy
    1.7 Nuclear Stability
    1.8 Types of Nuclear Decay
    1.9 Predicting Decay Modes
    Questions and Problems

    2. Basic Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Structure
    2.1 The Postulates
    2.2 The Hydrogen Atom
    2.3 The Helium Atom
    2.4 Slater Wave Functions
    2.5 Electron Configurations
    2.6 Spectroscopic States
    Questions and Problems

    3. Covalent Bonding in Diatomic Molecules
    3.1 The Basic Ideas of Molecular Orbital Methods
    3.2 The H2+ and H2 Molecules
    3.3 Diatomic Molecules of Second-Row Elements
    3.4 Photoelectron Spectroscopy
    3.5 Heteronuclear Diatomic Molecules
    3.6 Electronegativity
    3.7 Spectroscopic States for Diatomic Molecules
    Questions and Problems

    4. A Survey of Inorganic Structures and Bonding
    4.1 Structures of Molecules Having Single Bonds
    4.2 Resonance and Formal Charge
    4.3 Complex Structures: A Preview of Coming Attractions
    4.4 Electron-Deficient Molecules
    4.5 Structures Having Unsaturated Rings
    4.6 Bond Energies
    Questions and Problems

    5. Symmetry and Molecular Orbitals
    5.1 Symmetry Elements
    5.2 Orbital Symmetry
    5.3 A Brief Look at Group Theory
    5.4 Construction of Molecular Orbitals
    5.5 Orbitals and Angles
    5.5 Simple Calculations Using the Hückel Method
    Questions and Problems


    6. Dipole Moments and Intermolecular Interactions
    6.1 Dipole Moments
    6.2 Dipole-Dipole Forces
    6.3 Dipole-Induced Dipole Forces
    6.4 London (Dispersion) Forces
    6.5 The van der Waals Equation
    6.6 Hydrogen Bonding
    6.7 Cohesion Energy and Solubility Parameters
    6.8 Solvatochromism
    Questions and Problems

    7. Ionic Bonding and Structures of Solids
    7.1 Energetics of Crystal Formation
    7.2 Madelung Constants
    7.3 The Kapustinskii Equation
    7.4 Ionic Sizes and Crystal Environment
    7.5 Crystal Structures
    7.6 Solubility of Ionic Compounds
    7.7 Proton and Electron Affinities
    7.8 Structures of Metals
    7.9 Defects in Crystals
    7.10 Phase Transitions in Solids
    7.11 Heat Capacity
    7.12 Hardness of Solids
    Questions and Problems

    8. Dynamic Processes in Inorganic Solids
    8.1 Characteristics of Solid-State Reactions
    8.2 Kinetic Models for Reactions in Solids
    8.3 Thermal Methods of Analysis
    8.4 Effects of Pressure
    8.5 Reactions in Some Solid Inorganic Compounds
    8.6 Phase Transitions
    8.7 Reactions at Interfaces
    8.8 Diffusion in Solids
    8.9 Sintering
    8.10 Drift and Conductivity
    Questions and Problems


    9. Acid-Base Chemistry
    9.1 Arrhenius Theory
    9.2 Brønsted-Lowry Theory
    9.3 Factors Affecting Strength of Acids and Bases
    9.4 Acid-Base Character of Oxides
    9.5 Proton Affinities
    9.6 Lewis Theory
    9.7 Catalytic Behavior of Acids and Bases
    9.8 The Hard-Soft Interaction Principle (HSIP)
    9.9 Electronic Polarizabilities
    9.10 The Drago Four-Parameter Equation
    Questions and Problems

    10. Chemistry in Nonaqueous Solvent
    10.1 Some Common Nonaqueous Solvents
    10.2 The Solvent Concept
    10.3 Amphoteric Behavior
    10.4 The Coordination Model
    10.5 Chemistry in Liquid Ammonia
    10.6 Liquid Hydrogen Fluoride
    10.7 Liquid Sulfur Dioxide
    10.8 Superacids
    Questions and Problems


    11. Chemistry of Metallic Elements
    11.1 The Metallic Elements
    11.2 Band Theory
    11.3 Groups IA and IIA
    11.4 Zintl Phases
    11.5 Aluminum and Beryllium
    11.6 The First-Row Transition Metals
    11.7 Second- and Third-Row Transition Metals
    11.8 Alloys
    11.9 Chemistry of Transition Metals
    11.10 The Lanthanides
    Questions and Problems

    12. Organometallic Compounds of the Main Group Elements
    12.1 Preparation of Organometallic Compounds
    12.2 Organometallic Compounds of Group Ia Metals
    12.3 Organometallic Compounds of Group IIA Metals
    12.4 Organometallic Compounds of Group IIIA Metals
    12.5 Organometallic Compounds of Group IVA Metals
    12.6 Organometallic Compounds of Group VA Elements
    12.7 Organometallic Compounds of Zn, Cd, and Hg
    Questions and Problems

    13. Chemistry of Nonmetallic Elements I. Hydrogen, Boron, Oxygen and Carbon
    13.1 Hydrogen
    13.2 Boron
    13.3 Oxygen
    13.4 Carbon
    Questions and Problems

    14. Chemistry of Nonmetallic Elements II. Groups IVA and VA
    14.1 The Group IVA Elements
    14.2 Nitrogen
    14.3 Phosphorus, Arsenic, Antimony, and Bismuth
    Questions and Problems

    15. Chemistry of Nonmetallic Elements III. Groups VIA-VIIIA
    15.1 Sulfur, Selenium, and Tellurium
    15.2 The Halogens
    15.3 The Noble Gases
    Questions and Problems


    16. Introduction to Coordination Chemistry
    16.1 Structures of Coordination Compounds
    16.2 Metal-Ligand Bonds
    16.3 Naming Coordination Compounds
    16.4 Isomerism
    16.5 A Simple Valence Bond Description of Coordinate Bonds
    16.6 Magnetism
    16.7 A Survey of Complexes of First-Row Metals
    16.8 Complexes of Second- and Third-Row Metals
    16.9 The 18-Electron Rule
    16.10 Back Donation
    16.11 Complexes of Dinitrogen, Dioxygen, and Dihydrogen
    Questions and Problems

    17. Ligand Fields and Molecular Orbitals
    17.1 Splitting of d Orbital Energies in Octahedral Fields
    17.2. Splitting of d Orbital Energies in Fields of Other Symmetry
    17.3 Factors Affecting 
    17.4 Consequences of Crystal Field Splitting
    17.5 Jahn-Teller Distortion
    17.6 Spectral Bands
    17.7 Molecular Orbitals in Complexes
    Questions and Problems

    18. Interpretation of Spectra
    18.1 Splitting of Spectroscopic States
    18.2 Orgel Diagrams
    18.3 Racah Parameters and Quantitative Methods
    18.4 The Nephelauxetic Effect
    18.5 Tanabe-Sugano Diagrams
    18.6 The Lever Method
    18.7 Jørgensen’s Method
    18.8 Charge Transfer Absorption
    18.9 Solvatochromism
    Questions and Problems

    19. Composition and Stability of Complexes
    19.1 Composition of Complexes in Solution
    19.2 Job’s Method of Continuous Variations
    19.3 Equilibria Involving Complexes
    19.4 Distribution Diagrams
    19.5 Factors Affecting the Stability of Complexes
    Questions and Problems

    20. Synthesis and Reactions of Coordination Compounds
    20.1 Synthesis of Coordination Compounds
    20.2 Substitution Reactions in Octahedral Complexes
    20.3 Ligand Field Effects
    20.4 Acid-Catalyzed Reactions of Complexes
    20.5 Base-Catalyzed Reactions of Complexes
    20.6 The Compensation Effect
    20.7 Linkage Isomerization
    20.8 Substitution in Square Planar Complexes
    20.9 The Trans Effect
    20.10 Electron Transfer Reactions
    20.11 Reactions in Solid Coordination Compounds
    Questions and Problems

    21. Complexes Containing Metal-Carbon and Metal-Metal Bonds
    21.1 Binary Metal Carbonyls
    21.2 Structures of Metal Carbonyls
    21.3 Bonding of Carbon Monoxide to Metals
    21.4 Preparation of Metal Carbonyls
    21.5 Reactions of Metal Carbonyls
    21.6 Structure and Bonding in Metal-Alkene Complexes
    21.7 Preparation of Metal-Alkene Complexes
    21.8 Chemistry of Cyclopentadienyl and Related Complexes
    21.9 Bonding in Ferrocene
    21.10 Reactions of Ferrocene and Other Metallocenes
    21.11 Complexes of Benzene and Related Aromatics
    21.12 Compounds Containing Metal-Metal Bonds
    Questions and Problems

    22. Coordination Compounds in Catalysis
    22.1 Elementary Steps in Catalytic Processes
    22.2 Homogeneous Catalysis
    Questions and Problems

    23. Bioinorganic Chemistry
    23.1 What Metals Do in Some Living Systems
    23.2 Cytotoxicity of Some Metal Compounds
    23.3 Antimalarial Metallodrugs
    Questions and Problems

    Appendix A - Ionization Energies
    Appendix B - Character Tables for Selected Point Groups


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