Inorganic Chemistry: Pearson New International Edition

Gary L. Miessler / Paul J. Fischer / Donald A. Tarr  
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July 2013
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With its updates to quickly changing content areas, a strengthened visual presentation and the addition of new co-author Paul Fischer, the new edition of this highly readable text supports the modern study of inorganic chemistry better than ever. Inorganic Chemistry, Fifth Edition delivers the essentials of Inorganic Chemistry at just the right level for today’s classroom – neither too high (for novice students) nor too low (for advanced students). Strong coverage of atomic theory and an emphasis on physical chemistry give students a firm understanding of the theoretical basis of inorganic chemistry, while a reorganized presentation of molecular orbital and group theory highlights key principles more clearly.


Chapter 16, Bioinorganic and Environmental Chemistry, which was not printed in the Fifth Edition, is available electronically upon request from your Pearson rep.


  • Excellent, balanced coverage of core principles and theory enables students to get through this material in a one-semester course while special topic coverage, such as organometallic and solid-state chemistry, allows instructors flexibility in covering topics
  • The strong presentation of atomic theory and emphasis on physical chemistry give students a firm understanding of the theoretical basis of inorganic chemistry
  • Many problems at the end of each chapter, including some from the recent literature, allow instructors to choose the number and type of problems assigned
  • Worked examples throughout demonstrate step-by-step how problems are solved and Exercises provide ample opportunity to practice the concepts learned
  • Reflects topics of recent interest, such as:

- receptor-guest complexes (Chapter 6)

- quantum dots (Chapter 7)

- graphene and nanotubes (Chapter 8)

- metal-organic frameworks (Chapter 9)

- carbide and cumulene ligands (Chapter 13)

- olefin metathesis (Chapter 14)

- quintuple bonds (Chapter 15)

  • Expanded sections on VSEPR and the ligand close packing model in Chapter 3 provide a wider variety of examples and group electronegativity has been added.
  • The atomic weights of the elements provided in the periodic table inside the front cover include the most recent IUPAC recommendations. The values of physical constants inside the rear cover have been revised to use the most recent values cited on the NIST web site.
  • Added coverage of oxidation-reduction reactions helps students understand main group and transition metal chemistry
  • Web-based problems encourage the use of internet resources to solve problems and Problems using software for molecular orbital calculations allow students to calculate and observe shapes and energies of molecular orbitals

New to this Edition

  • Approximately 15% of end-of-chapter problems are new, with most based on the recent inorganic literature. To further encourage in-depth engagement with the literature, more problems involving extracting and interpreting information from the literature have been included. The total number of problems exceeds 500. 
  • Expanded and strengthened art and figures throughout the text help students visualize complex inorganic chemistry processes To better represent the shapes of molecular orbitals, new images, generated by molecular modeling software, were created for most of the orbitals presented in Chapter 5. To more accurately depict the shapes of many molecules, new images were generated using CIF files from available crystal structure determinations.
  • Updates to key content areas include frustrated Lewis pairs (Chapter 6), IUPAC guidelines defining hydrogen bonds (Chapter 6), multiple bonding between group 13 elements (Chapter 8), graphyne (Chapter 8), developments in noble gas chemistry (Chapter 8), metal–organic frameworks (Chapter 9), pincer ligands (Chapter 9), the magnetochemical series (Chapter 10), photosensitizers (Chapter 11), polyyne and polyene carbon “wires” (Chapter 13), percent buried volume of ligands (Chapter 14), and introductions to C—H bond activation, Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling, and sigma-bond metathesis (Chapter 14).
  • Reflecting the text's increased focus on symmetry, Chapter 4 includes applications of symmetry to Raman spectra and illustrations of the symmetry of translational and rotational motion
  • In response to users’ requests, the projection operator approach has been added in the context of molecular orbitals of nonlinear molecules in Chapter 5. Chapter 8 includes more elaboration on Frost Diagrams, and additional magnetic susceptibility content has been incorporated into Chapter 10.
  • Chapter 6 has been reorganized to highlight contemporary aspects of acid-base chemistry and to include a broader range of measures of relative strengths of acids and bases.
  • In Chapter 9 numerous new images have been added to provide more contemporary examples of the geometries of coordination complexes and coordination frameworks.
  • The Covalent Bond Classification Method and MLX plots are now introduced in Chapter 13.
  • New co-author Paul J. Fischer received a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and 1998, respectively. He conducted his doctoral research in organometallic chemistry by exploring the chemistry of zerovalent titanium carbonyl complexes under the direction of John E. Ellis. To cultivate his interest in a career at a small liberal arts college with high scholarly expectations, Dr. Fischer joined the faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1998.  He then accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2001 where he teaches general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. His research program in organometallic chemistry targets group VI and group VIII metal complexes with potential applications in organic synthesis. He spent a recent sabbatical in the John Arnold research laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Fischer was promoted to Professor in 2011. When not in the classroom or the laboratory, he enjoys watching professional baseball, playing the euphonium, and traveling to Europe.
  • Additional reference information on angular functions for f orbitals (Appendix B-8)  is provided online.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.

2. Atomic Structure.

3. Simple Bonding Theory.

4. Symmetry and Group Theory.

5. Molecular Orbitals.

6. Acid-Base and Donor-Acceptor Chemistry.

7. The Crystalline Solid State.

8. Chemistry of the Main Group Elements.

9. Coordination Chemistry I: Structures and Isomers.

10. Coordination Chemistry II: Bonding.

11. Coordination Chemistry III: Electronic Spectra.

12. Coordination Chemistry IV: Reactions and Mechanisms.

13. Organometallic Chemistry.

14. Organometallic Reactions and Catalysis.



Chapter 16, Bioinorganic and Environmental Chemistry, which was not printed in the Fifth Edition, is available electronically upon request from your Pearson rep.