This part focuses on what we know as the core Inorganic Chemistry – The s-block, p-block, d-block and f-block elements and Hydrogen
The inorganic chemistry topics that we considered in Part 1 were fun, right? Well, the chapters we are going to discuss here are the ones that will make you cringe and leave inorganic chemistry. Well, you just can’t leave it though. Why? Well, firstly because these chapters have no tricky questions, and secondly, they need very little effort.
The Knowledge-Base of inorganic chemistry is virtually infinite. This basically means that you can study as many books of inorganic chemistry as you want, but there will still be things left that you would not have heard of. It’s not your fault, your hard-work is not lacking, it is just that inorganic chemistry is so vast. IT BECOMES YOUR JOB TO STUDY IT SMARTLY, IF YOU WANT TO SCORE IN INORGANIC.
CHAPTER-WISE ANALYSIS :
HYDROGEN : It is extremely important to study in detail the properties, preparations and reactions of DIHYDROGEN, WATER AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE . Hydrides are an important topic – you should know the types of hydrides and their properties, both physical and chemical. Another favourite topic of the examiners is HARDNESS OF WATER. You should also study in detail the REDOX properties of H2O2.
S-BLOCK : For both the Groups – alkali metals and alkaline earth metals,prepare a table including trends in properties like – Thermal stability, Melting point, Boiling point, Solubility, Ionization Enthalpy, etc (We believe that you get the point 🙂 ). So far, JEE-Advanced (earlier IIT-JEE) has never asked a tough or tricky question from this part. But for JEE Main, you need to read each and every line of NCERT so that it literally gets xeroxed in your memory.
P-BLOCK : This unit has a large number of EXTREMELY important reactions. Make sure not to leave even a single one of them. P-Block is a big chapter in terms of the topics covered under it – boron family, carbon family, nitrogen family, oxygen family, halogens and noble gases. Each of these has its own importance. Each and every compound mentioned in the NCERT has got its certain reactions and properties; all of which is important. The best method is to write it down and learn. Keep short notes. If you think this part is easy and that you can cram it all at the end…My friend, YOU ARE WRONG! Prepare from Day 1, and you should be fine.
d & f BLOCK ELEMENTS : The configuration of elements falling under these blocks and their properties are an important part. Two major compounds of d block elements: Potassium dichromate and Potassium permangnate have to be studied with utmost care as they consist of loads of important reactions based on their oxidizing behavior.
BOOKS : For Inorganic Chemistry, it is wise not to spread yourself too thin and to focus only on a certain number of books.
The best book for Inorganic Chemistry Part 2, by a long shot, is NCERT. YOU SHOULD NOT REFER TO ANY OTHER BOOK BESIDES NCERT. You should also use some problem book to keep a check on your mistakes and areas to work on (We used Problems in Inorganic Chemistry by V.K. Jaiswal).
All the best with your inorganic chemistry preparation! REMEMBER : IT IS AS INTERESTING AS YOU WANT IT TO BE.
-Shaivy Adhikari & Aakash Kapoor(AIR-95)