9. Inorganic chemistry

Statement of Aims

It is intended that the study should:

• be concerned primarily with aspects of selected ranges of elements and their compounds

• be based on a study of the patterns: across the third period of the Periodic Table in the two Groups II and VII

• introduce, with examples, the transition elements and their compounds

• introduce the more important everyday aspects of nitrogen, sulfur and their compounds

• apply unifying themes to inorganic chemistry, such as structure (Section 2), chemical bonding (Section 3), redox (Section 6), the reactions of ions, acid-base behaviour, precipitation (Section 7) and complexing behaviour (Section 9.5), where appropriate

• include:

the representation of reactions by means of balanced equations (molecular and/or ionic equations, together with state symbols)

the interpretation of redox reactions in terms of changes in oxidation state of the species involved

the prediction of the feasibility of reactions from E values

the interpretation of chemical reactions in terms of ionic equilibria

the interpretation of chemical reactions in terms of the formation of complex ions