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Author Matson, Michael L., author.

Title Inorganic chemistry for dummies / by Michael L. Matson and Alvin W. Orbaek.

Publication Info. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2013]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  540 MATSON    Check Shelf
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Description xx, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series --For dummies
--For dummies.
Note Includes index.
Contents Introduction: -- About this book -- Conventions used in this book -- What you don't need to read -- Foolish assumptions -- How this book is organized: -- Part 1: Reviewing some general chemistry -- Part 2: Rules of attraction: chemical bonding -- Part 3: It's elemental: dining at the periodic table -- Part 4: Special topics -- Part 5: Part of tens -- Icons used in this book -- Where to go from here -- Part 1: Reviewing Some General Chemistry: -- Introducing inorganic chemistry: -- Building the foundation: -- Losing your electrons -- Splitting atoms: nuclear chemistry -- Changing pH -- Getting a grip on chemical bonding -- Traveling across the periodic table: -- Hyping up hydrogen -- Moving through the main groups -- Transitioning from one side to the table to another -- Uncovering lanthanides and actinides -- Diving deeper: special topics: -- Bonding with carbon: organometallics -- Speeding things up: catalysts -- Inside and out: bio-inorganic and environmental chemistry -- Solid-state chemistry -- Nanotechnology -- Listing 40 more -- Following the leader: atomic structure and periodic trends: -- Up an' atom: reviewing atomic terminology: -- Sizing up subatomic particles -- Knowing the nucleus -- Going orbital -- Distinguishing atomic number and mass number -- Identifying isotopes -- Grouping elements in the periodic table: -- Keeping up with periodic trends -- Measuring atomic size -- Rating the atomic radius -- Eyeing ionization energy -- Examining electron affinities -- Noting electronegativity -- United States of oxidation: -- Entering the oxidation-reduction zone: -- Following oxidation state rules -- Scouting reduction potentials -- Walking through a redox reaction -- Isolating elements: -- Mechanically separating elements -- Using thermal decomposition -- Displacing one element with another -- Heating things up: high-temperature chemical reactions -- Relying on electrolytic reduction -- Gone fission: nuclear chemistry: -- Noting nuclear properties: -- Using the force -- Empirical strikes back -- Documenting atomic decay: radioactivity: -- Alpha radiation -- Beta radiation -- Gamma radiation -- Half-life principle -- Blind (radiocarbon) dating -- Radioisotopes -- Catalyzing a nuclear reaction: -- Fission -- Fusion -- ABCs: acid-base chemistry: -- Starting with the basics: acids and bases: -- Developing the pH scale -- Calculating pH -- Calculating acid dissociation -- Touring key theories: a historical perspective: -- Early years -- Bronsted-Lowry theory -- Accepting or donating: Lewis's theory -- Comparing Lewis and Bronsted theories -- Pearson's hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB): -- Characterization of the hard bodies -- Who you callin' soft? -- Strapping on a cape: superacids -- Rules Of Attraction: Chemical Bonding: -- No Mr Bond, I expect you to pi bond: covalent bonding: -- Connecting the dots: Lewis structures: -- Counting electrons -- Placing electrons -- Price tags in black ties? Formal charges -- Returning to the drawing board: resonance structures -- Keeping your distance: VSPR -- Ante up one electron: valence-bond theory -- Summing it all up: molecular orbital theory: -- Types of MOs -- Evens and odds: gerade and ungerade symmetry -- Identical twins: homonuclear diatomic molecules -- Fraternal twins: heteronuclear diatomic molecules -- Molecular symmetry and group theory: -- Identifying molecules: symmetry elements and operations: -- Identity -- n-fold rotational axis -- Inversion center -- Mirror planes -- Improper rotation axis -- It's not polite to point! Molecular point groups -- Being such a character table: -- Dissecting a character table -- Degrees of freedom -- Glitch in the matrix: matrix math -- Reducible reps -- Infrared and Raman active modes -- Ionic and metallic bonding: -- Blame it on electrostatic attraction: forming ionic bonds: -- Marrying a cation and an anion -- Measuring bond strength: lattice energy -- Coexisting with covalent bonds -- Conducting electricity in solution -- Admiring ionic crystals: -- Studying shapes: lattice types -- Size matters (when it's ionic) -- I'm melting! Dissolving ionic compounds with water: solubility: -- Just add water: hydrated ions -- Counting soluble compounds -- What is a metal, anyway?: -- Tracing the history of metallurgy -- Admiring the properties of solid metals -- Delocalizing electrons: conductivity -- Analyzing alloys -- Swimming in the electron sea: metallic bonding theories: -- Free-electron theory -- Valence bond theory -- Band theory.
Clinging to complex ions: coordination complexes: -- Counting bonds -- Seeking stability -- Grouping geometries -- Identifying isomers: -- Connecting differently: structural isomers -- Arranged differently: stereoisomers -- Naming coordination complexes -- Sorting out the salts -- Creating metal complexes throughout the periodic table: -- Alkali metals -- Alkali earth metals -- Transition metals -- Lanthanides and actinides -- Metalloids -- Applying coordination complexes in the real world -- Part 3: It's Elemental: Dining At The Periodic Table: -- What the H? hydrogen!: -- Visiting hydrogen at home: its place in the periodic table -- Appreciating the merits of hydrogen: -- Available in abundance -- Molecular properties -- Nuclear spin -- Introducing hydrogen isotopes -- Investing in hydrogen bonds: -- Forming a hydrogen ion -- Creating hydrides -- Applying itself: hydrogen's uses in chemistry and industry -- Earning your salt: the alkali and alkaline earth metals: -- Salting the earth: group 1 elements: -- Lithium the outlier -- Seafaring sodium -- Maintaining your brain with potassium -- Rubidium, cesium, francium, oh my -- Reacting less violently: the group 2 alkaline earth metals: -- Being beryllium -- Magnificent magnesium -- Commonly calcium -- Strontium, barium, radium -- Diagramming the diagonal relationship -- Main groups: -- Placing main group elements on the periodic table -- Lucky 13: the boron group: -- Not-so-boring boron -- Abundance of aluminum -- Mendeleev's missing link: gallium -- Increasing indium use -- Toxic thallium -- Diamond club: the carbon group: -- Captivating carbon -- Coming in second: silicon -- Germane germanium -- Malleable tin cans -- Plumbing lead -- Noting pnictides of the nitrogen group: -- Leading the pnictides: nitrogen -- Finding phosphorus everywhere -- Melding the metalloids: arsenic and antimony -- Keeping up with the chalcogens: -- Oxygen all around -- Sulfur -- From the earth to the moon -- Marco-polonium! -- (re)active singles: the group 17 halogens: -- Cleaning up with chlorine -- Briny bromine -- Iodine -- Rarely astatine -- Lights of New York: the group 18 noble gases -- Bridging two sides of the periodic table: the transition metals: -- Getting to know transition metals: -- Sorting t-metals into series -- Separating T-metals from the main group -- Partially filling d-orbitals: -- Calculating an effective nuclear charge -- Forming more than one oxidation state -- Splitting the difference: crystal field theory and transition metal complexes: -- Dividing d-orbitals -- Absorbing light waves: color -- Building attraction: magnetism -- Electronic structure and bonding: -- Reacting with other elements -- Creating coordination complexes -- Adsorbing gas: t-metals in catalysis -- Finding what lies beneath: the lanthanides and actinides: -- Spending quality time with the rare earth elements: lanthanides: -- Electronic structure -- Reactivity -- Lanthanide contraction -- Separating the lanthanide elements -- Using lanthanides -- Feelin' radioactive: the actinides: -- Finding or making actinides -- Examining electronic structure -- Comparing reactivity: actinide versus lanthanide -- Looking more closely at uranium -- Part 4: Special Topics: -- Not quite organic, not quite inorganic: organometallics: -- Building organometallic complexes -- Adhering to electron rules: -- Counting to eight: the octet rule -- Calculating with the 18-electron rule -- Settling for 16 electrons -- Effectively using the EAN rule -- Bonding with metals: ligands -- Including carbon: carbonyls -- Providing the best examples: -- e-precise carbon -- e-rich nitrogen -- e-deficient boron -- Behaving oddly: organometallics of groups 1,2, and 12 -- Sandwiched together: metallocenes -- Clustering together: metal-metal bonding -- Creating vacancies: insertion and elimination -- Synthesizing organometallics -- Showing similarities with main group chemistry.
Accelerating change: catalysts: -- Speeding things up-the job of a catalyst -- Considering types of catalysts: -- Homogenous catalysts -- Heterogeneous -- Organocatalysts -- Bioinorganic chemistry: finding metals in living systems: -- Focusing on photosynthesis -- Climbing aboard the oxygen transport -- Feeding a nitrogen fixation: -- Fixing nitrogen for use by organisms -- Re-absorbing nitrogen -- Being human: -- Making things happen: enzymes -- Curing disease: medicines -- Causing problems: toxicity -- Answering when nature calls: environmental chemistry: -- Eyeing key indicators -- Rocking the heavy metals -- Killing me softly: pesticides -- Looking for and removing contaminants -- Living in a materials world: solid-state chemistry: -- Studying solid structures: -- Building crystals with unit cells -- Labeling lines and corners: Miller indices -- Three types of crystal structure: -- Simple crystal structures -- Binary crystal structures -- Complex crystals structures -- Calculating crystal formation: the Born-Haber cycle -- Bonding and other characteristics: -- Characterizing size -- Dissolving in liquids: solubility -- Encountering zero resistance: superconductivity -- Information technology: semiconductors -- Synthesizing solid structures -- Detecting crystal defects -- Nanotechnology: -- Defining nanotechnology: -- History of nanotechnology -- Science of nanotechnology -- Top-down versus bottom-up -- Nanomaterial's: -- Size and shape control -- Self-assembly and grapy goo -- Applications for nanotechnology: -- Cancer therapy -- Catalysis -- Education -- Part 5: Parts Of Tens: -- Ten nobels: -- Locating ligands: Alfred Werner -- Making ammonia: Fritz Haber -- Creating transuranium elements: McMillan and Seaborg -- Adding electronegativity: Pauling -- Preparing plastics: Ziegler and Natta -- Sandwiching compounds: Fischer and Wilkinson -- Illuminating Boron Bonds: Lipscomb -- Characterizing crystal structures: Hauptman and Karle -- Creating cryptands: Jean-Marie Lehn -- Making buckyballs -- Tools of the trade: ten instrumental techniques: -- Absorbing and transmitting light waves: Uv-vis and IR -- Catching diffracted light: XRD -- Rearranging excited atoms: XRF -- Measuring atoms in solution: ICP/AA -- Detecting secondary electrons: SEM -- Reading the criss-crossed lines: TEM -- Characterizing surface chemistry: XPS -- Evaporating materials: TGA -- Cyclic voltammetry -- Tracking electron spin: EPR -- Ten experiments: -- Turning blue: the clock reaction -- Forming carbon dioxide -- Presence of carbon dioxide -- Mimicking solubility -- Separating water into gas -- Testing conductivity of electrolyte solutions -- Lemon batteries -- Purifying hydrogen -- Colorful flames -- Making gunpowder -- Ten inorganic household products: -- Salting your food -- Bubbling with hydrogen peroxide -- Baking with bicarbonate -- Whitening with bleach -- Using ammonia in many ways -- Killing pests with borax -- Soothing babies with talc -- Cleaning with lye -- Scratching stainless steel -- Wrapping it up with aluminum foil -- Glossary -- Index.
Summary Book Description: The easy way to get a grip on inorganic chemistry. Inorganic chemistry can be an intimidating subject, but it doesn't have to be! Whether you're currently enrolled in an inorganic chemistry class or you have a background in chemistry and want to expand your knowledge, Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies is the approachable, hands-on guide you can trust for fast, easy learning. Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies features a thorough introduction to the study of the synthesis and behavior of inorganic and organometallic compounds. In plain English, it explains the principles of inorganic chemistry and includes worked-out problems to enhance your understanding of the key theories and concepts of the field. Presents information in an effective and straightforward manner; - Covers topics you'll encounter in a typical inorganic chemistry course; - Provides plain-English explanations of complicated concepts. If you're pursuing a career as a nurse, doctor, or engineer or a lifelong learner looking to make sense of this fascinating subject, Inorganic Chemistry For Dummies is the quick and painless way to master inorganic chemistry.
Subject Chemistry, Inorganic.
Chemistry, Inorganic -- Popular works.
Chemistry, Inorganic. (OCoLC)fst00853488
Anorganische Chemie (DE-601)106394347
Oorganisk kemi.
Genre/Form Popular works. (OCoLC)fst01423846
Added Author Orbaek, Alvin W., author.
ISBN 9781118217948 (paperback)
1118217942 (paperback)
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