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Molecules and Models

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This book provides a systematic description of the molecular structures and bonding in simple compounds of the main group elements with particular emphasis on bond distances, bond energies and coordination geometries. The description includes the structures of hydrogen, halogen and methyl derivatives of the elements in each group, some of these molecules are ionic, some polar covalent. The survey of molecules whose structures conform to well-established trends is followed by representative examples of molecules that do not conform. We also describe electron donor-acceptor and hydrogen bonded complexes. Chemists use models to systematize our knowledge, to memorize information and to predict the structures of compounds that have not yet been studied. The book provides a lucid discussion of a number of models such as the Lewis electron-pair bond and the VSEPR models, the spherical and polarizable ion models, and molecular orbital calculations, and it outlines the successes and failures of each.
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Table of Contents

1. Atomic properties: one-electron atoms ; 2. Atomic properties: two-electron atoms ; 3. Atoms with more than two electrons: atomic properties and periodic trends ; 4. Homonuclear diatomic molecules ; 5. Gaseous alkali metal halides: ionic compounds ; 6. Other heteronuclear diatomic molecules: polar covalent bonds ; 7. Lewis' "cubical atom" model. Molecular orbital calculations on the one-electron molecule H2+ and the two-electron molecule H2 ; 8. Molecular orbital calculations on heteronuclear diatomic molecules, hybridization, and estimation of net atomic charges from calculated electron densities ; 9. Homonuclear diatomic species of the Second Period elements from Li2 to Ne2 ; 10. Structure and bonding in the gaseous dihalides and dialkyls of the Group 2 and Group 12 metals ; 11. Structure and bonding in the gaseous monochlorides, trichlorides and trimethyl derivatives of the Group 13 elements ; 12. Electron defficient molecules: three-centre, two-electron bonds ; 13. Structure and bonding in simple compounds of the Group 14 elements ; 14. Structure and bonding in some simple hydrocarbons and in ethane and ethene analogous of the heavier Group 14 elements ; 15. Structure and bonding in simple compounds of the Group 15 elements ; 16. Electron donor-acceptor complexes ; 17. Structure and bonding in simple compounds of the Group 16 elements ; 18. Structure and bonding in simple compounds of the Group 17 elements. ; 19. Structure and bonding in simple compounds of the noble gases ; 20. Structure and bonding in oxides and oxoacids of carbon, sulfur, nitrogen, phosphorus and chlorine

About the Author

Professor Arne Haaland Department of Chemistry University of Oslo Senior lecturer at the University of Oslo from 1963, professor from 1986 Visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) 1975-77 Visiting professor Oregon State University 1982-83 Visiting professor at Universitat Tubingen 1992-93 Published 200 research papers on molecular structures and chemical bonding (with 6000 citations) Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and its human rights committee


No other book brings together the analysis of molecules from normal to unusual, and brings together so many different approaches. This book will contribute to increase our critical understanding of molecules, which is very important. * Odile Eisenstein, University of Montpellier * A light and didactic reading on the structure of molecules of main-group elements. The author has put his four decades of research experience into this book and made excellent use of some 300 representative examples. * Magdolna Hargittai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences *

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