Author(s): Kelley J. Donaghy
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.