Principles of
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

Gary Wulfsberg
Middle Tennessee State University


1. Inorganic Chemistry: The Periodic Table and the World We Live In
2. Metal Cations and Oxo Anions in Aqueous Solution
3. Ionic Solids and Precipitation Reactions of Hydrated Ions
4. Oxides and Polynuclear Oxo Anions of the Elements: Their Physical, Chemical, and Environmental Properties
5. Oxidation-Reduction Chemistry of the Elements
6. Properties of the Elements Themselves
7. Coordination Compounds and the Lewis Acid-Base Concept
8. The Hard and Soft Acid-Base (HSAB) Principle and Its Applications
9. The Halides, Nitrides, and Sulfides of the Elements
10.The Hydrides and Organometallic Derivatives of the Elements
11.The Underlying Reasons for Periodic Trends
12.Summary: Applying Theory to Chemical Reality
13.Laboratory Experiments in the Principles of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Appendices: A. Answers to Selected Exercises; B. Glossary; C. Frequently Used Tables
Each chapter concludes with Study Objectives and Exercises.