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Michael L. Matson is an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Houston-Downtown where he instructs Inorganic Chemistry. Alvin W. Orbaek is a research assistant at Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is completing his PhD in chemistry.
Introduction 1 Part I: Reviewing Some General Chemistry 7 Chapter 1: Introducing Inorganic Chemistry 9 Chapter 2: Following the Leader: Atomic Structure and Periodic Trends 21 Chapter 3: The United States of Oxidation 39 Chapter 4: Gone Fission: Nuclear Chemistry 53 Chapter 5: The ABCs: Acid-Base Chemistry 69 Part II: Rules of Attraction: Chemical Bonding 81 Chapter 6: No Mr. Bond, I Expect You to : Covalent Bonding 83 Chapter 7: Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory 101 Chapter 8: Ionic and Metallic Bonding 121 Chapter 9: Clinging to Complex Ions: Coordination Complexes 143 Part III: It s Elemental: Dining at the Periodic Table 159 Chapter 10: What the H? Hydrogen! 161 Chapter 11: Earning Your Salt: The Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals 171 Chapter 12: The Main Groups 183 Chapter 13: Bridging Two Sides of the Periodic Table: The Transition Metals 207 Chapter 14: Finding What Lies Beneath: The Lanthanides and Actinides 221 Part IV: Special Topics 233 Chapter 15: Not Quite Organic, Not Quite Inorganic: Organometallics 235 Chapter 16: Accelerating Change: Catalysts 253 Chapter 17: Bioinorganic Chemistry: Finding Metals in Living Systems 267 Chapter 18: Living in a Materials World: Solid-State Chemistry 287 Chapter 19: Nanotechnology 305 Part V: The Part of Tens 313 Chapter 20: Ten Nobels 315 Chapter 21: Tools of the Trade: Ten Instrumental Techniques 319 Chapter 22: Ten Experiments 323 Chapter 23: Ten Inorganic Household Products 329 Glossary 335 Index 343
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