5 Apr 2008

Huheey, Keiter and Keiter, Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and Reactivity, 4ed


Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

I love this book for its wonderful explanations, lengthy tables of physical constants, great references, and comprehensiveness (964 p, but seems longer). Unfortunately, students are overwhelmed by its lengthy explanations, data tables, and comprehensiveness. In other words, it probably makes a better reference book than a textbook. I could not find a publisher that currently supports the book, but it is available on Amazon in hardcover for $139.


I agree that this is a classic "go-to" text that I have on my shelf, particularly helpful for the tables!  My main criticism is the lack of a useful index.  The index is provided is extremely limited, making it quite challenging sometimes to find what I am looking for.  And at this point, this text is getting a bit dated.  It needs a new edition!

Prentice Hall is the current publisher, but there are a lot of used copies available from various sources. Recently, I have used it as a text and some of my students have found used copies for under $40.

I agree that the book is a overwhelming and likely will change to another text this year. 

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