Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry – James E. House, Kathleen A. House – 2nd Edition


House’s Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, Third Edition, provides thoroughly updated coverage of the synthesis, reactions, and properties of elements and inorganic compounds. Ideal for the one-semester (ACS-recommended) sophomore or junior level course in descriptive inorganic chemistry, this resource offers a readable and engaging survey of the broad spectrum of topics that deal with the preparation, properties, and use of inorganic materials.

Using rich graphics to enhance content and maximize learning, the book covers the chemical behavior of the elements, acid-base chemistry, coordination chemistry, organometallic compounds, and numerous other topics to provide a coherent treatment of the field. The book pays special attention to key subjects such as chemical bonding and Buckminster Fullerenes, and includes new and expanded coverage of active areas of research, such as bioinorganic chemistry, green chemistry, redox chemistry, nanostructures, and more.

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  • Preface to the Third Edition
    Chapter 1. Where It All Comes From
    1.1. The Structure of the Earth
    1.2. Composition of the Earth's Crust
    1.3. Rocks and Minerals
    1.4. Weathering
    1.5. Obtaining Metals
    1.6. Some Metals Today
    1.7. Nonmetallic Inorganic Minerals
    Chapter 2. Atomic Structure and Properties
    2.1. Atomic Structure
    2.2. Properties of Atoms
    Chapter 3. Covalent Bonding and Molecular Structure
    3.1. Molecular Structure
    3.2. Symmetry
    3.3. Resonance
    Chapter 4. Ionic Bonding, Crystals, and Intermolecular Forces
    4.1. Ionic Bonds
    4.2. Intermolecular Interactions
    Chapter 5. Reactions and Energy Relationships
    5.1. Thermodynamic Considerations
    5.2. Combination Reactions
    5.3. Decomposition Reactions
    5.4. Redox Reactions
    5.5. Hydrolysis Reactions
    5.6. Replacement Reactions
    5.7. Metathesis
    5.8. Neutralization Reactions
    Chapter 6. Acids, Bases, and Nonaqueous Solvents
    6.1. Acid–Base Chemistry
    6.2. Nonaqueous Solvents
    6.3. Superacids
    Chapter 7. Hydrogen
    7.1. Elemental and Positive Hydrogen
    7.2. Occurrence and Properties
    7.3. Hydrides
    Chapter 8. The Group IA and IIA Metals
    8.1. General Characteristics
    8.2. Oxides and Hydroxides
    8.3. Halides
    8.4. Sulfides
    8.5. Nitrides and Phosphides
    8.6. Carbides, Cyanides, Cyanamides, and Amides
    8.7. Carbonates, Nitrates, Sulfates, and Phosphates
    8.8. Organic Derivatives
    8.9. Zintl Compounds
    Chapter 9. Boron
    9.1. Elemental Boron
    9.2. Bonding in Boron Compounds
    9.3. Boron Compounds
    Chapter 10. Aluminum, Gallium, Indium, and Thallium
    10.1. The Elements
    10.2. Oxides
    10.3. Hydrides
    10.4. Halides
    10.5. Other Compounds
    10.6. Organometallic Compounds
    Chapter 11. Carbon
    11.1. The Element
    11.2. Industrial Uses of Carbon
    11.3. Carbon Compounds
    Chapter 12. Silicon, Germanium, Tin, and Lead
    12.1. The Elements
    12.2. Hydrides of the Group IVA Elements
    12.3. Oxides of the Group IVA Elements
    12.4. Silicates
    12.5. Zeolites
    12.6. Halides of the Group IV Elements
    12.7. Organic Compounds
    12.8. Miscellaneous Compounds
    Chapter 13. Nitrogen
    13.1. Elemental Nitrogen
    13.2. Nitrides
    13.3. Ammonia and Aquo Compounds
    13.4. Hydrogen Compounds
    13.5. Nitrogen Halides
    13.6. Nitrogen Oxides
    13.7. Oxyacids
    13.8. Nitrogen in the Environment
    Chapter 14. Phosphorus, Arsenic, Antimony, and Bismuth
    14.1. Occurrence
    14.2. Preparation and Properties of the Elements
    14.3. Hydrides
    14.4. Oxides
    14.5. Sulfides
    14.6. Halides
    14.7. Phosphazine (Phosphonitrilic) Compounds
    14.8. Acids and Their Salts
    14.9. Phosphorus in the Environment
    Chapter 15. Oxygen
    15.1. Elemental Oxygen, O2
    15.2. Ozone, O3
    15.3. Preparation of Oxygen
    15.4. Binary Compounds of Oxygen
    15.5. Positive Oxygen
    Chapter 16. Sulfur, Selenium, and Tellurium
    16.1. Occurrence of Sulfur
    16.2. Occurrence of Selenium and Tellurium
    16.3. Elemental Sulfur
    16.4. Elemental Selenium and Tellurium
    16.5. Reactions of Elemental Selenium and Tellurium
    16.6. Hydrogen Compounds
    16.7. Oxides of Sulfur, Selenium, and Tellurium
    16.8. Halogen Compounds
    16.9. Nitrogen Compounds
    16.10. Oxyhalides of Sulfur and Selenium
    16.11. Oxyacids of Sulfur, Selenium, and Tellurium
    16.12. Sulfuric Acid
    Chapter 17. Halogens
    17.1. Occurrence
    17.2. The Elements
    17.3. Interhalogens
    17.4. Polyatomic Cations and Anions
    17.5. Hydrogen Halides
    17.6. Oxides
    17.7. Oxyacids and Oxyanions
    Chapter 18. The Noble Gases
    18.1. The Elements
    18.2. The Xenon Fluorides
    18.3. Reactions of Xenon Fluorides
    18.4. Oxyfluorides and Oxides
    Chapter 19. The Transition Metals
    19.1. The Metals
    19.2. Oxides
    19.3. Sulfides
    19.4. Halides and Oxyhalides
    19.5. Miscellaneous Compounds
    19.6. The Lanthanides
    Chapter 20. Structure and Bonding in Coordination Compounds
    20.1. Types of Ligands and Complexes
    20.2. Naming Coordination Compounds
    20.3. Isomerism
    20.4. Factors Affecting the Stability of Complexes
    20.5. A Valence Bond Approach to Bonding in Complexes
    20.6. Back Donation
    20.7. Ligand Field Theory
    20.8. Jahn–Teller Distortion
    20.9. Complexes Having Metal–Metal Bonds
    Chapter 21. Synthesis and Reactions of Coordination Compounds
    21.1. Synthesis of Coordination Compounds
    21.2. A Survey of Reaction Types
    21.3. A Closer Look at Substitution Reactions
    21.4. Substitution in Square Planar Complexes
    21.5. Substitution in Octahedral Complexes
    Chapter 22. Organometallic Compounds
    22.1. Structure and Bonding in Metal Alkyls
    22.2. Preparation of Organometallic Compounds
    22.3. Reactions of Metal Alkyls
    22.4. Cyclopentadienyl Complexes (Metallocenes)
    22.5. Metal Carbonyl Complexes
    22.6. Metal–Olefin Complexes
    22.7. Complexes of Benzene and Related Aromatics
    Chapter 23. Inorganic Substances in Biochemical Applications
    23.1. Therapeutic Aspects of Inorganic Substances
    23.2. Biochemical Aspects of Energy Changes
    23.3. Oxygen Transport
    Appendix A. Ground State Electron Configurations of Atoms
    Appendix B. Ionization Energies
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