Wulfsberg offers an original and engaging perspective on inorganic chemistry. Once the observations are mastered, the text moves to a discussion of the theoretical model or models consistent with the observations. Bioinorganic and environmental applications of inorganic chemistry are brought in at the point that they are appropriate. This is a stimulating text, and one that warrants serious consideration for adoption. The early part of the book is a useful review of inorganic principles, while the latter part serves as a stand-alone advanced inorganic chemistry textbook.
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I like the new Wulfsberg book. I think it is the right approach to the material. This is much better than the typical element-by-element, encyclopedic approach used by other inorganic textbooks. Marx, Scranton University "This text is an excellent transition from General Chemistry to upper-level courses, and most students will find this book not only eminently readable but exciting.
I was particularly impressed with the many in-chapter and end-of-chapter problems, their variety, and the very detailed answers given. By covering virtually every topic in the test from the ACS Exams Institute, this book will prepare your students for success. The new book combines careful pedagogy, clear writing, beautifully rendered two-color art, and solved examples, with a broad array of original, chapter-ending exercises.
It assumes a background in General Chemistry, but reviews key concepts, and also assumes enrollment in a Foundations of Organic Chemistry course. Symmetry and molecular orbital theory are introduced after the student has developed an understanding of fundamental trends in chemical properties and reactions across the periodic table, which allows MO theory to be more broadly applied in subsequent chapters.
Key Features: Over end-of-chapter exercises, half answered in the back of the book. Over worked examples. Clearly cited connections to other areas in chemistry and chemical sciences. Chapter-opening biographical vignettes of noted scientists in Inorganic Chemistry.
Optional General Chemistry review sections. Originally rendered two-color illustrations throughout. He received his B. West at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gary has served as chairman of the International Steering Committee for Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions, and he is the author of 40 publications and two previous University Science Books textbooks, Principles of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry , also translated into Italian and Inorganic Chemistry , also translated into French.
Gary Wulfsberg, Inorganic Chemistry
It is divided into two parts. Part I covers periodicity and the reaction chemistry of ions in aqueous solutions. The treatment in this half of the book is particularly appropriate for students with interests in the geological and biological sciences and works well at the sophomore level. Part II covers symmetry, bonding, and the more advanced topics that are best served by a molecular orbital or post-p-chem treatment. While I really enjoy using this book in my sophomore level course, my level students do not. Wulfsberg has neither. However, during their second semester of inorganic chemistry at the senior level, they find the text quite helpful.
With a clear descriptive approachthat seamlessly integrates bioinorganic, environmental,geological, and medicinal material into each chapter, there ismuch to like about this contemporary text. Also refreshing is anempirical approach to problems in which the text emphasizesobservations before moving on to theoretical models. Because PartI of the book explains chemical concepts and reactions usingValence Bond theory, it may be used by students who have not hadphysical chemistry; thus Part I of the book is also recommendedfor use in a one-semester introductory course. Part II covers alltraditional topics of an advanced inorganic course for chemistrymajors including symmetry, molecular orbital theory, transitionmetal chemistry, organometallic chemistry, inorganic materialsand mechanisms, and bioinorganic chemistry.