This work is a foundation course text for first and second year undergraduates in which description and understanding of inorganic chemistry are fully integrated. It covers the main underlying theoretical ideas, taking account of the level of mathematical ability among present-day students commencing university study. Each chapter provides "worked example" problems, supported by additional problem-exercises which test comprehension and serve for revision or self-study.

Key Features

  • Provides a foundation course text on the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry for first and second year undergraduates
  • Integrates description and understanding of inorganic chemistry
  • Each chapter includes “worked example” problems


First and second year undergraduate students

Table of Contents

Introduction; Nuclear and radiochemistry; Electronic configurations of atoms; Molecular symmetry and group theory; Covalent bonding in diatomic molecules; Polyatomic molecules and metals; Ions in solids and solutions; Chemistry of hydrogen and the s block metals; Chemistry of the p block elements; Co-ordination complexes; Chemistry of the d and f block metals; Appendix; Further reading; Solutions and index.


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© 1997
Woodhead Publishing
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About the authors

J Barrett

Jack Barrett Imperial College, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of London, UK

M A Malati

Mounir A. Malati Mid-Kent College of Higher/Further Education, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mid-Kent College of Higher/Further Education, UK


This valuable addition to the ranks of introductory inorganic chemistry texts is recommended. The approach to electronic and bonding theory is a strong point. Chapters on electronic configuration diatomic molecules, polyatomics and metals and finally, ionic compounds, add up to a thorough grounding. That it should be recommended to all who teach at this level and to all departmental libraries is, however, indisputable., Chemistry in Britain
Very clear, and one of the few books at this level to introduce group theory and use it throughout the remainder of the book., Professor J.K. Nagle, Bowdoin University, USA