Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry conforms to the syllabus of the B. Sc Chemistry courses of Indian universities. This book not only fulfils the requirements of the syllabus but also caters to the students who would like to delve deeper into the subject. It convinces the student that there is more to inorganic chemistry than equations! This book will serve as a handy tool for teachers to plan their lectures.
R Gopalan retired as Head of the Department of Chemistry, Madras Christian College, Chennai. He obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Madras and went on to do his postdoctoral research at Baylor University, USA. He has 35 years of experience in teaching and research. He was awarded a UGC Emeritus Fellowship on his retirement. He has published 45 research papers, many articles on popular science and education, and 30 books for M. Sc., B. Sc. and school courses. He is currently honorary secretary for two schools and a visiting faculty in a few colleges in Chennai.
Chapter 1: Atomic structure: Objectives | Orbitals, electrons and quantum numbers | Pauli’s exclusion principle, Hund’s rule of maximum multiplicity | The Aufbau principle | Electron configuration, orbital stability and reactivity | Shapes of atomic orbitals | Exercises.
Chapter 2: Periodicity of properties: Objectives | Periodic table: a review | Electronic basis for the periodic classification | Periodicity | Lanthanide contraction | Inert pair effect | Diagonal relationship | Exercises.
Chapter 3: Principles of inorganic qualitative analysis: Objectives | Introduction (some fundamental concepts) | Acid–base equilibria | Solubility product | Application of common ion effect in qualitative analysis | Types of reactions in inorganic qualitative analysis | Semimicro analysis | Exercises.
Chapter 4: Principles of volumetric analysis: Objectives | Introduction | Concentration units | Calculation of equivalent weights | Theories of titrations | Exercises.
Chapter 5: Solvents for inorganic reactions: Objectives | Introduction | Protic solvents | Aprotic solvents | Aqueous solvents | Nonaqueous solvents | Liquid ammonia | Solutions of metals in liquid ammonia | Acetic acid | Exercises.
Chapter 6: Ionic bond:Objectives | Introduction | Lewis dot symbols | Types of bonds | General properties of ionic compounds | Structures of ionic crystals | Hydration energy | Lattice energy | The Born–Haber cycle | Trends in lattice energies | Applications of lattice energetics | Transitions between electrovalence and covalence | Exercises.
Chapter 7: Covalent bond: VB theory: Objectives | Introduction | Theories of bonding | Valence bond theory: formation and properties of covalent bonds | Types of orbital overlap | Hybridisation of orbitals | Bond pairs and lone pairs | Valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR Theory) | Partial ionic character of covalent bonds | Directional bonding | Resonance in inorganic molecules | Polar interactions | Exercises.
Chapter 8: Covalent bond: Molecular orbital theory: Objectives | Introduction: molecular orbitals | Molecular orbital treatment | Comparison between the VB and the MO theories | Hydrogen bonding | Exercises.
Chapter 9: Hydrogen: Objectives | Introduction | Preparation of hydrogen | Physical properties | Reactions of hydrogen | Hydrogen as a fuel | Isotopes of hydrogen | Hydrides: introduction | Classification of the hydrides | Exercises.
Chapter 10: Alkali metals: Objectives | Introduction: comparative study of the elements | Occurrence | Metallurgy of alkali elements | Uses of alkali metals | Some compounds of alkali metals | Lithium: anomalous properties | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 11: Alkaline earth metals: Objectives | Introduction | Comparative study of the elements | Diagonal relationship | Uses | Some compounds of group 2 elements | Exceptional properties of beryllium | Isolation of group 2 elements | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 12: Boron family: Objectives | Comparative account of elements of group 13 | Chemistry of Boron | Boron hydrides (boranes) | Other boron compounds | Chemistry of aluminium | Gallium, indium and thallium | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 13: Carbon Family: Objectives | Introduction | Some compounds of carbon and silicon | Carbides | Silicates | Silicones | Germanium | Tin | Lead | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 14: Nitrogen family: Objectives | Introduction | Chemistry of nitrogen | Chemistry of phosphorus | Chemistry of arsenic | Chemistry of antimony | Chemistry of bismuth | Exercises.
Chapter 15: Oxygen family: Objectives | Comparative account | Chemistry of oxygen | Chemistry of sulphur | Chemistry of selenium, tellurium and polonium | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 16: Halogens: Objectives | Introduction | Comparative account of the halogens | Chemistry of fluorine | Chemistry of chlorine | Chemistry of bromine | Chemistry of iodine| Chemistry of astatine | Exercises.
Chapter 17: Noble gases: Objectives | Introduction | Chemistry of noble gases | Chemistry of xenon | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 18: Principles of Metallurgy:Objectives | Introduction | Occurrence of metals | Metallurgy | Metals from the sea | Microbial metallurgy | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 19: Transition elements: Introduction: Objectives | Introduction | Abundance | Atomic and ionic radii | Magnetic properties | Chemical properties | Differences between the first row and the other two rows | Comparison of transition and representative elements | Exercises.
Chapter 20: Chemistry of transition elements: Objectives | Titanium group: comparative study | Vanadium group: comparative study | Chromium group: comparative study | Manganese, technicium, rhenium: comparative study | Iron, cobalt and nickel: comparative study | The platinum metals: comparative study | Copper, silver and gold: comparative study | Zinc, cadmium and mercury: comparative study | Exercises.
Chapter 21: Inner transition elements: Objectives | Introduction | Chemistry of lanthanides | Chemistry of actinides | Chemistry of thorium | Chemistry of uranium | Uses of actinides | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 22: Coordination compounds: Objectives | Introduction | Nomenclature of metal complexes | Theories of coordination compounds | Spectral characteristics of metal complexes | Magnetic properties of metal complexes | Chelates | Isomerism of metal complexes | Identification of isomeric metal complexes | Applications of coordination compounds | Potpourri | Exercises.
Chapter 23: Bioinorganic chemistry: Objectives | Introduction | Transport and storage of oxygen | Electron transfer | Catalysis | Photosynthesis | Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) | Inventory of iron in the human body | Metal complexes in the human system | Metal complexes in therapy | The significance of chelation in soil biology | Exercises.
Chapter 24: Nuclear chemistry: Objectives | Introduction | Properties of radioactive rays | Laws of radioactive decay | The fundamental particles | The atomic nucleus | Isotopes | Detection and measurement of radiation | Nuclear transmutations | Applications of nuclear science | Exercises.
Chapter 25: Industrial inorganic chemistry: Objectives | Surface coatings | Cement | Fuels | Relative merits of fuels | Glass | Exercises.
Chapter 26: Environmental Chemistry: Objectives | Introduction | Air pollution | Water pollution | Radionuclides in water | Soil pollution | Pollution by heavy metals | Noise pollution | Rain water harvesting | Exercises.
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