Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry by James E. House and Kathleen A. House

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Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry by James E. House and Kathleen A. House

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry by James E. House and Kathleen A. House

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Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry by James E. House and Kathleen A. House

James E. House 
Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

Kathleen A. House
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois


Preface to the Third Edition

The present edition of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry is based on the objectives that were described in the preface of the second edition. Early chapters provide a tool kit for understanding the structures and reactions that are so important in inorganic chemistry. Of necessity, a brief introduction is provided to the language and approaches of quantum mechanics. In order to provide a more logical separation of topics, Chapter 2 provides essential information on the structure and properties of atoms, and Chapter 3 presents the basic ideas of covalent bonding and symmetry. Following the discussion of the structures of solids, the emphasis is placed on molecular polarity and the importance of intermolecular interactions, which provide a basis for understanding the physical properties of inorganic substances. In succeeding chapters, the chemistry of elements is presented in an order based on the periodic table. In these chapters, the material has been added in numerous places in order to present new information that is relevant and/or timely. Several of the newly presented topics deal with environmental issues. We believe that the result is a more balanced and significant coverage of the field.

In order to show the importance of inorganic chemistry to the entire field of chemistry, we have added Chapter 23, which presents a potpourri of topics that range from the uses of iron compounds in treating anemia in oak trees to the use of auranofin, cisplatin, and chloroquine in medicine. The emphasis is placed on the essential factors related to structure and bonding from the standpoint of the inorganic constituents rather than on biological functions. The latter are factors best left to courses in biology and biochemistry. To provide a more appealing book, virtually all illustrations presented in the first two editions have been reconstructed. It must be emphasized that, though we are not graphic artists, we have produced all illustrations. If some of the results look somewhat amateurish, it is because this book is author illustrated rather than professionally illustrated. However, we believe that the illustrations are appropriate and convey the essential information. It is our opinion that this book meets the objectives of including about as much inorganic chemistry as most students would assimilate in a one-semester course, that the material chosen is appropriate, and that the presentation is lucid and accurate. It is to be hoped that users of this book will agree. Perhaps Dr. Youmans said it best in 1854: Every experienced teacher understands the necessity of making the acquisition of the elementary and foundation principles upon which science rests, the first business of study. If these are thoroughly mastered, subsequent progress is easy and certain. Edward L. Youmans, Chemical Atlas; or the Chemistry of Familiar Objects, D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1854.

April 29, 2015, James E. House

Bloomington, IL Kathleen A. House

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry by James E. House and Kathleen A. House


Chapter 1: Where It All Comes From
Chapter 2: Atomic Structure and Properties
Chapter 3: Covalent Bonding and Molecular Structure
Chapter 4: Ionic Bonding, Crystals, and Intermolecular Forces
Chapter 5: Reactions and Energy Relationships
Chapter 6: Acids, Bases, and Nonaqueous Solvents
Chapter 7: Hydrogen
Chapter 8: The Group IA and IIA Metals
Chapter 9: Boron
Chapter 10: Aluminum, Gallium, Indium, and Thallium
Chapter 11: Carbon
Chapter 12: Silicon, Germanium, Tin, and Lead
Chapter 13: Nitrogen
Chapter 14: Phosphorus, Arsenic, Antimony, and Bismuth
Chapter 15: Oxygen
Chapter 16: Sulfur, Selenium, and Tellurium
Chapter 17: Halogens
Chapter 18: The Noble Gases
Chapter 19: The Transition Metals
Chapter 20: Structure and Bonding in Coordination Compounds
Chapter 21: Synthesis and Reactions of Coordination Compounds
Chapter 22: Organometallic Compounds
Chapter 23: Inorganic Substances in Biochemical Applications
Appendix A. Ground State Electron Configurations of Atoms

Appendix B. Ionization Energies



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