Inorganic chemistry is the study of the combination and action of inorganic and organometallic compounds. This field covers all chemical compounds apart from the myriad organic compounds.
Being quite a theoretical section of Chemistry, students often find it hard to study Inorganic Chemistry. Either they decide to leave it for the exams or they just mug up certain important parts of the topic and leave the rest.
However, this is not what a JEE aspirant must do! JEE is not just about testing your analytical skills but the memorizing ability too. Inorganic Chemistry being a theoretical portion, must not be left. Rather, you must try your best to make it your forte and get over the fear of grasping things.
Few guidelines that will help you in studying Inorganic Chemistry
1. Avoid studying at a stretch
Firstly, it will keep you from being tired and bored with the subject. Study with breaks. It helps in better concentration.
2. Understand the Periodic Table
Secondly, the main part of the Inorganic Chemistry is a periodic table. A JEE aspirant must know about each of the elements in the table, their position. It is difficult to learn about all the 118 identified chemical elements but not when we decide to prepare a proper flow chart that represents the elements along with the trends that they follow.
This will help in the proper classification that will make it easier to learn them. Trick: Use some trick to learn the elements of a periodic table, or make a name consisting of first letters of the elements in the given row. Invent some interesting way to learn the periodic table that makes it easier to retain it and revise this table daily.
3. Read Coordination Compounds
Coordination compounds are neutral substances with at least one ion as a complex. In contrast with the other topics, this topic is more about apprehending and analyzing. Thus, less of theory means more interest! However, it must be dealt with carefully.
More of perceiving makes it important for the student to practice on this topic. Solving questions, timely exercises, and weekly tests can be a lifesaver! Certain scoring and important topics of Coordination Compounds may be IUPAC nomenclature, Werner’s Theory, and Coordination number. Have a stronghold on these topics.
4. Memorizing chemical reactions
Chemical reactions, if understood, are easy to remember. If you don’t know what “O” or “H” in “H2O” stands for, you would not be able to learn its chemical formula as well. Likewise, understanding the context in which the reactions are written makes it easier for you to score high in this section of Chemistry.
- Write and practice chemical reactions as much as possible.
- Practice writing the chemical reactions from the word equations. These must be written in terms of chemical formulae.
- Keep solving the questions on the equations and reactions.
- Practice balancing the chemical reactions.
For the above to take place, you must know the correct formula to write the correct equation.
5. Understand Analytical Chemistry
This is more of a practical kind of topic in Inorganic Chemistry. It is mostly carried out and executed in the lab and so, the practical approach makes it a little easier to remember.
Chromatography and titration are some of the important topics in Analytical Chemistry.
6. Study of Metallurgy
Metallurgy is the study of the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements, their intermetallic compounds, and alloys. It is quite hard to study and learn about metallurgy without knowing the facts and concepts.
We must try to grasp all metallurgical operations and their applications. If we are done with this, studying individual elements would not be a big task. I would suggest you prepare a concept map for this topic as well.
Some general tips to score well in Inorganic Chemistry
Questions from inorganic Chemistry are easy to attempt but still, we are not able to solve the problems. As it is easy it will be scoring as well. So Inorganic Chemistry is again important in JEE and can get you a good rank.
- Firstly, study inorganic chemistry from the NCERT textbook. If needed refer to extra books recommended to you by teachers.
- Secondly, easy doesn’t mean you don’t need to study. You need to study inorganic chemistry for about 3-4 hours daily. This is the minimum and maximum there is no extent.
- Then, write important formulae, equations while studying inorganic chemistry in a diary for future references every time you sit down to study.
- Further, revise all the written formulae and equations before the exam.
- Finally, practice questions from Inorganic chemistry from last year’s JEE question paper.
Conclusively, this all point sums up your inorganic chemistry preparation. Using these steps you will not miss on a single thing and will cover the course.
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