introduces the key concepts of inorganic chemistry in the way
that most students want to see them (and that they were
developed) -- as empirical observations. 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.
--James Penner-Hahn, University of Michigan
"Wulfsberg has written an
extraordinary book that successfully combines two concepts into
one. 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. This text is user friendly
for student and instructor alike, which I will seriously consider
--Roger DeKock, Calvin College
Wulfsberg's new Inorganic Chemistry is ideal for use as the primary textbook in the junior-, senior- and introductory graduate-level sequence of inorganic chemistry courses. With a clear descriptive approach that seamlessly integrates bioinorganic, environmental, geological, and medicinal material into each chapter, there is much to like about this contemporary text. Also refreshing is an empirical approach to problems in which the text emphasizes observations before moving on to theoretical models. Because Part I of the book explains chemical concepts and reactions using Valence Bond theory, it may be used by students who have not had physical chemistry; thus Part I of the book is also recommended for use in a one-semester introductory course. Part II covers all traditional topics of an advanced inorganic course for chemistry majors including symmetry, molecular orbital theory, transition metal chemistry, organometallic chemistry, inorganic materials and mechanisms, and bioinorganic chemistry.
Worked examples and solutions in each chapter combine with chapter-ending study objectives, 40-70 exercises per chapter, and experiments for discovery-based learning to make this, in the words of one reviewer, "an outstanding new text." This remarkable book even appears as set dressing in Universal Pictures motion picture, The Incredible Hulk with Nick Nolte.
A complimentary Instructor's Solutions Manual and a CD of figures from the book are available for adopting professors from the publisher.
Click this link to view a J CHEM ED article by the author titled What Are The "Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry"? Two Answers, Aug. 12, 2012.