New Book added to the Library

Principles of inorganic chemistry


Pfennig, Brian W.

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 978-1-118-85910-0

Acc. No.: 75316   Call No.: 546 P528

Book Description: Unlike other chemistry textbooks, whose memorization-heavy volumes often dispirit student interest, this text is designed for upper-level undergraduates (who have already taken physical chemistry) and introductory-level graduate students taking an inorganic or advanced inorganic chemistry course. Written by veteran professor and scientist, Brian W. Pfennig, Principles of Inorganic Chemistry is composed of eclectic sources from Dr. Pfennig’s many years of teaching and built on a principles-based, group and molecular orbital theory approach. Covering a variety of topics—from the Composition of Matter, to Models of Chemical Bonding, to Reactions of Organometallic Compounds—this textbook features:

  • Thorough treatment of group theory, a topic usually given cursory overview in other textbooks
  • Rigorous mathematical derivations of the underlying chemical principles
  • Comprehensive purview of chemical bonding that compares and contrasts the traditional classification of ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding in order to allow for a more integrative treatment of their application to molecular structure, bonding, and spectroscopy
  • Coverage of atomic and molecular term symbols, symmetry coordinates in vibrational spectroscopy using the projection operator method, polyatomic MO theory, band theory, and Tanabe-Sugano diagrams
  • Worked examples throughout the text, unanswered problems in every chapter, and generous use of informative, colorful illustrations

For instructors who are looking for a more physical inorganic chemistry course, this textbook offers pedagogical benefits of integration and reinforcement of group theory in the treatment of other topics. Together with its unique underlying framework, the book’s approach allows students to be engaged and to derive the greatest learning experience possible from topics such as frontier MO acid-base theory, band theory of solids, inorganic photochemistry, the Jahn-Teller effect, and Wade’s rules for cluster compounds, to name but a few examples. 


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