My syllabus notes the following points about transition metals and complex ions, but provides no textbook. d – and f – Block Elements Transition Elements General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence and characteristics, general trends in properties of the first row transition elements – physical properties, ionization enthalpy, oxidation states, atomic radii, colour, catalytic behaviour, magnetic properties, complex formation, interstitial compounds, alloy formation; Preparation, properties and uses of K2 Cr2O7 and KMnO4. Inner Transition Elements Lanthanoids – Electronic configuration, oxidation states and lanthanoid contraction. Actinoids – Electronic configuration and oxidation states. Inorganic stereochemistry. Co – Ordination Compounds Introduction to co – ordination compounds, Werner’s theory; ligands, co – ordination number, denticity, chelation; IUPAC nomenclature of mononuclear co – ordination compounds, isomerism; Bonding – Valence bond approach and basic ideas of Crystal field theory, colour and magnetic properties; Importance of co – ordination compounds ( in qualitative analysis, extraction of metals and in biological systems ). Could I find these in any typical general chemistry book? I am about to get General Chemistry by Linus Pauling and was wondering if I'd find it all in there in good detail. If not, which book would you recommend which has all of this?