Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

Gary Wulfsberg
Middle Tennessee State University


"There is a dire need for this one-semester text.  I like the new Wulfsberg book. I think it is the right approach to the material."
-Daniel Talham, University of Florida

"I am a devotee of this text.  In particular, I like the way the book breaks down an incredible amount of information into discernable reactivity patterns and trends, particularly through use of the coordinated lab exercises/demonstrations that the students can use to apply to problems or unknown situations.  This is much better than the typical element-by-element, encyclopedic approach used by other inorganic textbooks."
-David E. 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. With University Science Books' very competitive pricing and the outstanding print quality, I will certainly adopt this text for my sophomore-level course."
-Lothar Stahl, University of North Dakota

Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry by Gary Wulfsberg is our newest entry into the field of Inorganic Chemistry textbooks, designed uniquely for a one-semester stand alone course, or to be used in a full year inorganic sequence.  By covering virtually every topic in the test from the 2016 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.  

Use of this text is expected to increase student enrollment, and build studentsí appreciation of the central role of inorganic chemistry in any allied field.

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About the Author

Gary Wulfsberg (shown at right with his grandson) is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his B.S. degree at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry under Robert C. West at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His postdoctoral work was at the Cornell University Program on Science, Technology, and Society, and the Technical University of Darmstadt. 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 (1987, also translated into Italian) and Inorganic Chemistry (2000, also translated into French).  



Sample Pages: Frontmatter, First Four Chapters

Sample Chapter 2 for Preview: Monatomic Ions and their Acid-Base Reactivity

Sample Chapter 3 for Preview: Polyatomic Ions

Sample Chapter 4 for Preview: Ionic Compounds in the Solid State, in Minerals, and in Solution


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