What is Inorganic chemistry: Definition and 40 Discussions

Inorganic chemistry deals with synthesis and behavior of inorganic and organometallic compounds. This field covers chemical compounds that are not carbon-based, which are the subjects of organic chemistry. The distinction between the two disciplines is far from absolute, as there is much overlap in the subdiscipline of organometallic chemistry. It has applications in every aspect of the chemical industry, including catalysis, materials science, pigments, surfactants, coatings, medications, fuels, and agriculture.

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  1. Adesh

    What are some good books on inorganic chemistry?

    I'm a weak student in chemistry, by 'weak' I mean I lack some base I think. May please suggest some good books on inorganic chemistry? I want to study p-block, d- and f-block elements along with their important compounds and their preparation. Book should be concise as for me as a weak student...
  2. Wrichik Basu

    Query on IUPAC nomenclature of coordination complexes

    I could finally get a copy of the Red Book 2005 from a library. In the chapter dedicated to nomenclature of coordinate complexes, while explaining the κ-system of specifying donor atoms, the following two examples were given (among many others): Can anyone explain how the naming is done for...
  3. C

    Solubility of Calcium Oxalate in an Alcohol Solution?

    In searching through the literature for the solubility of calcium oxalate, I came across this post https://www.researchgate.net/post/Are_there_any_organic_inorganic_solvents_for_dissolving_Ca-oxalate I am not sure where the people answering this question have gotten the information that calcium...
  4. V

    Why does boron banana bond here?

    BH4- + H^+ - > H2 + H2B6 Isn't hydride just a H -, simply putting that with an H+ should give a stable BH3 + H2. Why's the banana bonding happening? Also in NaBH4 + I2 - > B2H6 + 2NaI + H2, can i imagine a oxidation like 2BH4- -> BH3 + H2 + 2e? So I can break I2 as 2I -?
  5. V

    PbS + H2O2 - > PbSO4 + H2O

    I don't get it, how did the sulfur get an oxygen, I'm unable to find any any half reaction wherein a oxygen ion is generated. So what is happening here?
  6. V

    Why does NO3^(2-) get reduced instead of H+ in Cu+HNO3

    doesn't make sense, h+ just has a really nice positive charge which is begging electrons but electrons go to the NO3(^2-) instead? why?
  7. V

    What happens when Be(OH)2 reacts with acids and alkalies?

    what just happened? if i did this in water could i do something like Zn + H2O > Zn2+ + 2OH- + H2 so you get ZnOH2 which gets another 2 OH added from NaOH to give Na2Zn(OH)4 nowwww... somehow this is dehydrated twice.. how? why? why is this less stable than the oxide?
  8. D

    Water molecules effect on Hydrogen bonds in precipitation

    Cheers everyone. Can the amount of water molecules added to a solution impact the formation of a salt with its ions mainly bonded through hydrogen bonds with electrostatic like behaviour? Let me give Some background to the question first: I am studying the precipitation of Phosphorous(P) as...
  9. V

    Can someone help me out with understanding inorganic chem?

    2Ca(NO3)2 -> 2CaO + 4NO2 + O2 Why is this happening? Are there any steps I can follow to get to the product? Something like with CaCO3 you remove CO2 because Ca polarizes the radical reducing bond strength.. Honestly I'm having a lot of difficulty with inorganic chemistry, id like to think...
  10. V

    A problem in finding enthelpy of metal oxides

    Arrange the energy released upon hydration of Magnesium Oxide,calcium oxide,barium oxide,strontium oxide. I placed Magnesium oxide at the last,since magnesium hydroxide is a stable so lot of energy must be released in order to achieve that state,but the answer says calcium oxide.
  11. T

    Calculation of O2 dissolved in water

    We were measuring the amount of O2 dissolved in water by Winkler's method. Here's a link to the procedure and reactions: http://file:///C:/Users/SANJUKTA/Desktop/Downloads/Capture.PNG [Broken] http://dropcanvas.com/6su7m/1 (The same is attached to this post) We had to use this formula: c(O2)...
  12. B

    Chemistry Free inorganic-chemistry book.

    I want a inorganic chemistry book. I require the book to be free because my requirement is only redox reactions. Buying a whole book would be a waste as I don't require other topics in the book. The book should contain tough exercises and possibly answers to some question if not all.
  13. P

    Find Out the Symmetry of Polonium Unit Cell

    For inorganic chemistry, I am being asked to draw the solid state structure of polonium which i know how to do. However it asks what the symmetry of the unit cell is, and I don't know how to answer. I know what a unit cell is, I'm just not sure what the question means, or what it is looking for...
  14. Titan97

    Reaction of Metal salt with Sulphuric acid

    Its given in my book that Sulphuric acid displaces more volatile acid from Metal salts like NaCl. That is, NaCl + H2SO4→ HCl + Na2SO4 What does valtility have to do with such reactions? Or Should I just accept it as a fact?
  15. Titan97

    Chemistry Books on inorganic chemistry

    I am looking for inorganic chemistry textbooks that covers topics on s,p,d block elements, metallurgy, qualitative analysis, and coordination chemistry. It should contain basic concepts like solubities of carbonates,sulphates, and should be at the level of "March's advanced organic chemistry" or...
  16. Dong Aleta

    A question regarding the definition of acids and bases

    Hi! I just read in an inorganic chemistry book (by Whitten, et al.) that acids are defined as substances that produce H+ ions in dilute aqueous solutions, and bases are those that produce OH-. To me, this definition implies that a substance that has yet to produce an H+ or an OH- can already be...
  17. Kior

    Timescale of the biological pump?

    I'm tying to find any clue about the timescale of the biological pump. That the carbon is recycled to the surface ca. 1,000 years is clear but the timescale of the biological pump seems hard to find. There is an report I saw when I was surfing the internet saying that the timescale can range...
  18. david lewine

    Conflicting descriptions of Alka-Seltzer reaction?

    Alka seltzer contains 1916 mg of NaHCO3 and 1000 mg of citric acid. According to some descriptions of the reaction between alka-seltzer and water and then HCl (in stomach), there is an excess of NaHCO3 in the alka-seltzer in relation to the citric acid and the benefits from alka-seltzer come...
  19. Q

    Stability of Sulfides: Lewis Acid-Base Covalent Bonding

    Homework Statement The attempt at a solution 1) Is the above excerpt describing pi-backbonding? It seems to be describing some form of backbonding because the electron density is moving away from the positively charged metal cation (rather unexpected based on superficial Columbic analysis)...
  20. Y

    Chemistry Recommendation for Chemistry textbooks

    I want a good book on Physical Chemistry at 11-12(university or pre-un) grade level. It should include topics about bonding(VSEPR, VBT, MO) etc. I also need suggestions about some books on organic and inorganic chemistry.
  21. AdityaDev

    Coordination Compounds: doubt

    I am confused with the electron configuration of central atoms in complex salts eg. ##[Fe(CN)_6]^{2-}## configuration just Fe atom is Now the complex is low spin so the configuration becomes, Now we have 6CN. where will they donate their electrons? Will the donate electrons in the remaining...
  22. AdityaDev

    Basicity of hydrides if group 15 elements

    For group 15 elements the order of basicity given is NH3 > PH3 > AsH3 > SbH3 > BiH3 And order of reducing strength is BiH3 > sbH3 > AsH3 > PH3 > NH3 Why are they in opposite order? Reducing nature means tendency to donate electrons. Basicity means strength of bases and hence as basicity...
  23. U

    Identifying Complex Species in Co+2 and Ni+2 Solution with Alkaline Br2 Addition

    Homework Statement A solution consist of Co+2 and Ni+2 ion in which excess KCN is added and in the resulting solution alkaline Br2 was added. The solution finally consist of which species? The Attempt at a Solution I guess some complex would be formed but how to exactly find out the...
  24. Greg Bernhardt

    Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee

    Author: J. D. Lee Title: Concise Inorganic Chemistry Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0632052937/?tag=pfamazon01-20 Prerequisities: Contents:
  25. Saitama

    Inorganic chemistry, need advice

    I am having a difficult time with this subject. There are so many things to rote memorize here and that's way too difficult for me to rote learn the things. There are loads of reactions, so many reactions for each group, different types of periodic trends, how one can learn or rather, rote...
  26. Saitama

    Inorganic Chemistry by Khadakov

    Hello all! I have been searching for a good inorganic chemistry book. I came across the book Inorganic Chemistry by Khadakov. This book is by MIR Publishers which is the reason i have made this thread. Unfortunately, since this isn't a popular book, i found no reviews and preview for this book...
  27. L

    Translation on Inorganic Chemistry ()

    Hi! I am trying to translate a paper on inorganic chemistry from Spanish into English but, since I am not an English native speaker and my knowledge of chemistry is limited, I could definitely use some help in order to get everything right. With regard to the title of the paper (NC =...
  28. S

    Inorganic Chemistry question about d0 complexes

    Homework Statement I'm trying to perform a molecular orbital analysis of a tungsten hydride complex, (WH6) and I haven't been able to find an intuitive or basic definition for a "d0 complex". Every time I read an article about a d0 complex they tangentially mention them and then jump into...
  29. C

    Masters Programs: Inorganic Chemistry Requirements

    Aside from chemical engineering or biophysics, to what extent do physics and engineering masters programs require you to have had a second semester in inorganic chemistry? Thanks.
  30. K

    What did I make in my lab? (Inorganic Chemistry)

    I'm a graduate student in engineering, working primarily with organic chemicals. I've had coursework in inorganic chemistry, though my knowledge in this field isn't great. I was waiting for some samples to be ready for analysis, so I had the idea to make some aqua regia and dissolve a few...
  31. A

    Inorganic Chemistry. Calculating Ksp

    Homework Statement i need help going from g/ml to mol/L Calculate Ksp AgC2H3O2=102 g/ml Homework Equations Ksp=[Ag][C2H3O2] The Attempt at a Solution i really have no idea how to do this. Our teacher never taught us this and expects me to know how..
  32. P

    What is the correct manner of studying inorganic chemistry?

    What is the correct manner of studying inorganic chemistry? What is the correct manner of studying inorganic chemistry? I mean physical chemistry is like physics and has a lot of logic , organic chemistry is the mother of all logics , But WHAT ABOUT INORGANIC CHEMISTRY ? are there any logics...
  33. L

    Question on inorganic chemistry

    Homework Statement You are supplied with a mixture consisting of barium carbonate,dolomite,potassium carbonate and silicon dioxide.Explain how you would attempt to determine quantitatively each of the constituents present in this mixture Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution...
  34. S

    Inorganic chemistry - very general confusion

    We have been doing a lot of d-splitting diagrams in my inorganic chemistry class. I was wondering... I am always confused how to tell whether an orbital is a sigma orbital or a pi orbital. For instance for trigonal bipyramidal, how do you know that the two lowest are pi, the next two are pi...
  35. Topher925

    I need to learn inorganic chemistry

    My knowledge (or lack of it) when it comes to inorganic chemistry is starting to slow down my understanding of some topics related to my research. I know the basics of chemistry, just about what you would learn in an intro chem course but that's it. I'm looking for a book that can teach me the...
  36. H

    Learning inorganic chemistry

    I’m an undergraduate student. I’m finding INORGANIC chemistry very tough as I’m asked to memorize hell lot of equations. I consulted my teacher but she says that there is no other go. Can anyone tell me a way to learn inorganic other than memorizing? Thanks in advance.
  37. S

    Suggest a book for Inorganic chemistry .

    Suggest a book for Inorganic chemistry ... Please suggest a book for Inorganic chemistry which contains every reaction and concept relevant to JEE-2008... Please help...
  38. B

    Inorganic Chemistry Help: Solubility Transformation and Equilibrium Constants

    Hi, I'm doing this chemistry report, and I have absolutely no experience in chemistry. We have this solution containg (among some other stuff) Ba^2+, Sr^2+ and Ca^2+ ions along with SO4^2-ions in excess. Now we add some Na2CO3 to transform the sulphates to carbonates. They ask me these...
  39. J

    Inorganic chemistry: d-Metal complexes

    I need some help, in explaining how to know what kind of d-metal complex a molecule is. For example, I have: 1. [Cr(H2O)6]2+ 2. [Cr(CN)6]4- I know that #1 is d4, and #2 is d3, but that's just because it says so in my paper. How do I "calculate" it if that information is not given? Many...
  40. P

    Any suggestions for inorganic chemistry problem books?

    I just took an exam in my first semester inorganic course. I do all the homework without too much trouble and read the material but the problems on the exams are out of this world. They are nothing like the assigned problem sets and the problems in the course book . I've gone through the...