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Modern inorganic chemistry: An Intermediate Text

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The welcome changes in GCE Advanced level syllabuses during the last few years have prompted the writing of this new Inorganic Chemistry which is intended to replace the book by Wood and Holliday. This new book, like its predecessor, should also be of value in first-year tertiary level chemistry courses. The new syllabuses have made it possible to go much further in systematising and explaining the facts of inorganic chemistry, and in this book the first four chapters—- the periodic table; structure and bonding; energetics: and acids and bases with oxidation and reduction—provide the necessary grounding for the later chapters on the main groups, the first transition series and the lanthanides and actinides. Although a similar overall treatment has been adopted in all these later chapters, each particular group or series has been treated distinctively, where appropriate, to emphasise special characteristics or trends.

A major difficulty in an inorganic text is to strike a balance between a short readable book and a longer, more detailed text which can be used for reference purposes. In reaching what we hope is a reasonable compromise between these two extremes, we acknowledge that both the historical background and industrial processes have been treated very concisely. We must also say that we have not hesitated to simplify complicated reactions or other phenomena—thus, for example, the treatment of amphoterism as a pH-dependent sequence between a simple aquo-cation and a simple hydroxo-anion neglects the presence of more complicated species but enables the phenomena to be adequately understood at this level.

1. The periodic table
2. Structure and bonding
3. Energetics
4. Acids and bases: oxidation and reduction
5. Hydrogen
6. Groups I and II
7. The elements of Group III
8. Group IV
9. Group V
10. Group VI
11. Group VII: the halogens
12. The noble gases
13. The transition elements
14. The elements of Groups IB and IIB
15. The lanthanides and actinides

Author Details
"C. CHAMBERS", B.Sc., Ph.D., A.R.I.C. Senior Chemistry Master, Bolton School.

"A. K. HOLLIDAY", Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.I.C. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, The University of Liverpool.

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