Inorganic Chemistry Paperback – 26 Jan 2006
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I feel this text delivers magnificently, as indeed did its predecessor editions. It clearly develops and reinforces the basic principles discussed in the Foundations in accord with previous editions. (Rob Janes, Open University )
Many of the pedagogical features are extremely helpful to the reader. In particular, the use of worked examples do a great deal to aid the students' understanding ... We also applaud the use of Key Points to identify the main components of a particular section. (Tim Greene & Richard Walton, Exeter )
Atkins is one of our main recommended inorganic chemistry textbooks. The addition of this frontiers chapter expands even further the topics covered in the book and consequently makes it more useful. (Nancy Dervisi, Cardiff )
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The layout is pretty confusing, with no reminder of diagrams which are mentioned several pages before, meaning you have to constantly flick between pages. Some topics are mixed up with others, making the text difficult to follow.(For example, the trans effect is talked about yet in its section, the similarly titled trans influence is discussed before going back to the trans effect! Having referred to the book for clarification on the differences, this just left me confused and referring to an older but more useful book on the subject.)
An effort has been made to cover all areas but they just aren't detailed enough (X ray crystallography is one such example, with Atkins Physical chemistry having much better coverage on a topic which I would have thought would fit directly into a book titled "Inorganic Chemistry".
The book does look nice with regards to colours used however this cannot make up for a lack of real content. I now use the book as a general index (when I can find the topic/if it has been included!!) and then go and find a better book in the library on the subject.
I also own Organic Chemistry by Clayden et. al , a superb example of how a general textbook can be written (although about 3x as long admittedly, I'm sure inorganic chem could have used a slimmed down approach due to the number of pages mechanisms take up in organic chem). It has a much friendlier almost welcoming tone throughout, good examples and step by step approaches. It is a shame that Inorganic Chemistry did not follow this path!
Visually the book is pleasant to read. One very helpful feature is the presentation of the main idea before each subtopic.
A bottom-up approach of teaching principles of chemistry is used in the book, which is, in my opinion, very suitable for the subject. Still, some previous knowledge of physics and chemistry is advisable as the book is moderately advanced.
Overall I think it is a good book but was not the most use to me during my undergraduate.
I found it useful to revise for my Year 1 exams (I got a first for this topic) once I'd covered all the lecture notes and knew what information I'd need from the textbook. Has good exercises with answers to help you prepare.
The book is very good for concepts but does not describe things as well as the Housecroft Inorganic Book does. This would be more of a reference book than a good all round book to learn from.
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