Descriptive Chemistry

  • A. F. Williams


Chemistry is the study of the elements and their behaviour, not the study of chemical theory. In this chapter we shall endeavour to use the various theoretical points discussed in previous chapters in an approach to descriptive chemistry.


Heavy Element Orbital Energy Lattice Energy High Oxidation State Valence Shell 
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General texts on inorganic chemistry

  1. Bailar, J.C., Emeleus, H.J., Nyholm, R.S., Trotman-Dickenson, A.F. (eds.): Comprehensive inorganic chemistry, 5 vols. Oxford: Pergamon 1973.Google Scholar
  2. Cotton, F.A., Wilkinson, G.: Advanced inorganic chemistry, 3rd Edn. New York, London, Sydney, Toronto: J. Wiley 1972. An extremely useful source for the hard facts of inorganic chemistry. Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic Chemistry. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  3. Huheey, J.E.: Inorganic chemistry. New York, Evanston, London, San Francisco: Harper and Row 1972.Google Scholar
  4. Phillips; C.S.G., Williams, R.J.P.: Inorganic chemistry. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press 1965.Google Scholar
  5. Purcell, K.F., Kotz, J.C.: Inorganic chemistry. Philadelphia, London, Toronto: W.B. Saunders 1977.Google Scholar

A small selection of references relevant to the subject matter of this chapter

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  2. Burdett, J.K.: J. Chem. Soc. Dalton 1976, 1725.Google Scholar
  3. Dye, J.L.: Preparation of Na—. J. Chem. Ed. 54, 332 (1977)Google Scholar
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  8. Parish, R.V.: The metallic elements. London, New York: Longman 1977.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Williams
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  1. 1.Département de Chimie Minérale, Analytique et AppliquéeUniversité de GeneveGenèveSwitzerland

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