Inorganic Chemistry : Part 1

Wanna know the secret to an awesomely insane rank ? Well, Inorganic Chemistry is the answer. Don’t be surprised… Read on…

To Make it easier for you to study inorganic chemistry, we have divided it into three parts: In this part, we shall talk about those chapters of inorganic chemistry that need understanding of concepts mostly and hardly any rote memorization. These are – Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Coordination Compounds and Metallurgy.


PERIODIC PROPERTIES : This chapter gives an insight of all the blocks and periodic trends in the periodic table. It gives you an extra edge over the blocks that are covered later. By all means, learn the complete periodic table such that you are able to identify the group and period corresponding to any element. You really need to be well-versed with the configurations of elements. All these basics will prove to be very useful in handling the blocks and other units of inorganic.

CHEMICAL BONDING : A unit of prime importance, Chemical Bonding covers all the theories regarding the bond formation in different compounds and existence of a particular compound. This chapter needs more understanding of the concepts than any other inorganic chapter. HYBRIDIZATION, structure and shape of compounds and the order of properties like bond angle, bond length, bond order etc….usually forms a major section of this unit. Keeping in mind the uncertainty of the paper, every single topic from NCERT needs to be covered thoroughly. In addition to the above mentioned topics, topics like s-p mixing, linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) and magnetic properties of molecules have been repeatedly touched by JEE in the recent years! What this chapter needs is just an open mind. There are certain theories that can be used to answer most of the questions of this chapter. The most important ones are – Bent’s Rule, Drago’s Rule and Molecular Orbital Theory. Most of the questions of this chapter can be solved if you have strong command over these theories.

COORDINATION COMPOUNDS : It is one of the most weighted unit in the JEE. Isomerism-both stereo and structural of all possible coordination compounds should be practiced well. Further, one should be very clear with VBT(Valence Bond Theory) and CFT(Crystal Field Theory). JEE has almost every year; asked a question from the hybridisation and magnetic moment of the coordination compounds, which gives you at least one sure shot question to deal with in your exam 😉 ! Just like chemical bonding, coordination compounds also has certain theories which will help you solve almost every question asked. These theories are – Crystal Field Theory and Sidgwick’s EAN Rule. If you are strong in applying these theories to questions, then questions based on this chapter should be a cakewalk.

METALLURGY : One of the most interesting chapter of inorganic chemistry. However, Metallurgy is relatively easy to master. There are certain important ores..Memorize their names and chemical formulas by heart. Extraction processes that are of prime importance include : Carbon reduction method (iron and tin); Self reduction method (copper and lead); Electrolytic reduction method (magnesium and aluminium); Cyanide process (silver and gold). Questions from this section in JEE are usually easy and memory-based, making it one of the easiest chapters. Work out a number of questions on this chapter : they will help you understand what parts of this chapter are of prime importance. Accordingly, you can re-distribute your time and energy and focus more on the important parts.

We would suggest the students to follow NCERT as the main theory book. However, students who wish to garner further knowledge and expertise in these parts should refer to JD Lee-Concise Inorganic Chemistry. It is an advanced book, however, and it may not make sense to you. Moreover, revise a lot…and revise again. Best of Luck !

Here are the books that we recommend for you to prepare from :

J.D. Lee
NCERT Class XI : Part 1
NCERT Class XI : Part 2
NCERT Class XII : Part 1
NCERT Class XII : Part 2
Problem Book

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