Inorganic Chemistry: A Student-Centered Approach

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  • Affiliation: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Inorganic Chemistry:  A Student-Centered Approach begins with a detailed analysis of chemical structures from the point of view of symmetry, and the spectroscopic techniques used to differentiate between structures.  Building on this understanding, the following section unravels the strengths and weakness of different bonding theories such as valence bond, crystal field and molecular orbital theory.  The third section presents a survey of solid-state chemistry, main group chemistry, coordination chemistry, and the transition elements focusing on what makes certain elements and complexes interesting such as cluster bonding and electronic spectra.  Organometallic chemistry and catalysis comprise the fourth section emphasizes basic reaction types and using them to formulate catalytic cycles.  The last section of the book is a survey of important and groundbreaking work in bioinorganic chemistry.  Each chapter contains background information, guided inquiry worksheets and sample laboratory exercises.


Kelley J. Donaghy

Kelley J. Donaghy completed her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She is currently teaching General Chemistry I and II lectures and Inorganic Chemistry at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In addition she has taught at American University in Washington DC and the University of Maine at Machias. Kelley has published several articles on chemical education and inorganic chemistry, won the Undergraduate Student Award for Distinguished Teacher and a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.