Free download Inorganic Chemistry for Dummies written by Michael Matson and Alvin W. Orbaek in pdf.
As per a reader’s review, “I am a lifelong writer and editor. I run a university media office, where I write about science every day. For years, my focus was the natural and social sciences as they relate to environmental management, but recently I took a new position in an engineering school and am now writing about a range of complex science that involves inorganic chemistry: materials science, semiconductors, LEDs, bio-engineering, and other areas of research. Needing to study up and hoping to have a handy reference at arms length as I develop a lexicon of new concepts and language, I purchased this book, which has to be the single most poorly written, sloppily edited, unclear, cumbersome, disorganized, repetitive, and otherwise unhelpful bundle of blather I have encountered in a very long time. Words are missing, the wrong word is used (offering a possible double meaning), the most basic linguistic functions are fumbled repeatedly, the authors make a point of calling our attention to an irony when there is no irony. They introduce two or three new terms in a sentence and then proceed without first defining the new terms. The analogies presented to clarify serve only to muddy the waters. At one point early on, describing the size of an atom, they said imagine you are standing on an orange the size of the earth. Then you need to fill that orange that is the size of the earth with regular-sized oranges. That’s how big an atom is compared to an orange. What they meant was that an atom is to the size of an orange, what an orange is to the size of the earth. I gave the short version of their analogy story here. It took them a whole paragraph, with lots of repetition. This book is so annoying, that I’m copy-editing it as I go, pencil in hand. I am hacking my way through it, and I can usually make out what they are saying, but man, there has to be a better book on the subject. These “for Dummies” books tend to share this element of poor writing, dumb jokes that don’t present information, and extremely poor editing. When they are talking about an early model that postulated the structure of an atom, they take us through an experiment in which alpha waves (they don’t bother telling us what they are) are directed at metallic foil. The point is that negative charges go right through the foil. But they language it so that THE MODEL is going through the foil. It’s ludicrous, and maddening and sloppy and just plain bad.”
Part I: Reviewing Some General Chemistry
Chapter 1: Introducing Inorganic Chemistry
Chapter 2: Following the Leader: Atomic Structure and Periodic Trends
Chapter 3: The United States of Oxidation
Chapter 4: Gone Fission: Nuclear Chemistry
Chapter 5: The ABCs: Acid-Base Chemistry
Part II: Rules of Attraction: Chemical Bonding
Chapter 6: No Mr. Bond, I Expect You to π: Covalent Bonding
Chapter 7: Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory
Chapter 8: Ionic and Metallic Bonding
Chapter 9: Clinging to Complex Ions: Coordination Complexes
Part III: It’s Elemental: Dining at the Periodic Table
Chapter 10: What the H? Hydrogen!
Chapter 11: Earning Your Salt: The Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals
Chapter 12: The Main Groups
Chapter 13: Bridging Two Sides of the Periodic Table: The Transition Metals
Chapter 14: Finding What Lies Beneath: The Lanthanides and Actinides
Part IV: Special Topics
Chapter 15: Not Quite Organic, Not Quite Inorganic: Organometallics
Chapter 16: Accelerating Change: Catalysts
Chapter 17: Bioinorganic Chemistry: Finding Metals in Living Systems
Chapter 18: Living in a Materials World: Solid-State Chemistry
Chapter 19: Nanotechnology
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 20: Ten Nobels
Chapter 21: Tools of the Trade: Ten Instrumental Techniques
Chapter 22: Ten Experiments
Chapter 23: Ten Inorganic Household Products
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