My first post- how exciting! Was wondering if anyone else feels the way I do about S&A 5th (or 4th, for that matter). I just got through the first three chapters after switching from M&T. I am struggling to decide whether I regret this or not.
1. MO Diagrams in S&A- way harder than they need to be and taught PRE-symmetry. Ugh- extra lines on the diagrams to (presumably) show secondary mixing confuses everyone (including me). Use of the word SALC in the answer key, yet not in the text, another 'Ugh!' Ignores energy levels of orbitals. Very frustrating. Also, diagrams (such as Fig 2.20) look to be 'to scale' in terms of drawing orbitals larger to show which parent contributes more. If that is the case, isn't fig 2.20 backwards?
2. Ionic radii given in appendix. These seem to be at odds with just about every other resource. Further, if one uses the values given to do the radius ratio exercises (e.g. 3.13), there is NO WAY one can get the answers listed in the solutions manual.