Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Edition

Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Edition,James House,ISBN9780123851109


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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 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.

James House

James E. House is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Illinois State University, and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Illinois Wesleyan 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA; Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, USA

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Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Edition

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

Quotes and reviews

"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

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