Inorganic chemistry Definition and 22 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 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

    Zn + NaOH = Na2ZnO2 + H2?

    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] (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

    Symmetry of 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

    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...