Inorganic Chemistry

2nd Edition

Authors: J. House
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123851109
eBook ISBN: 9780123851116
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 29th October 2012
Page Count: 848
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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

Key Features

  • Concise coverage maximizes student understanding and minimizes the inclusion of details students are unlikely to use
  • Discussion of elements begins with survey chapters focused on the main groups, while later chapters cover the elements in greater detail
  • Each chapter opens with narrative introductions and includes figures, tables, and end-of-chapter problem sets


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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Part 1: Structure of Atoms and Molecules

Chapter 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

References for Further Study

Quetions and Problems

Chapter 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

References for Further Study

Quetions and Problems

Chapter 3. Covalent Bonding in Diatomic Molecules

3.1 The Basic Ideas of Molecular Orbital Methods

3.2 The 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 Molecules

References for Further Study

Quetions and Problems

Chapter 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

References for Further Study

Quetions and Problems

Chapter 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

5.6 Simple Calculations Using the Hück


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About the Author

J. House

J.E. House is Scholar in Residence, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Illinois State University. He received BS and MA degrees from Southern Illinois University and the PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In his 32 years at Illinois State, he taught a variety of courses in inorganic and physical chemistry. He has authored almost 150 publications in chemistry journals, many dealing with reactions in solid materials, as well as books on chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and inorganic chemistry. He was elected Professor of the Year in 2011 by the student body at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is the Series Editor for Elsevier's Developments in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry series.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA; Scholar in Residence, Chemistry, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, USA


"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