A systematic and descriptive approach to the first facts of inorganic chemistry. A firm and traditional presentation with a unified approach to the correlations and connections among properties, structures, reactivities, periodicities, and behaviors of the elements and their compounds. Discusses bonding based on the overlap criterion of bond strength, the rigors of bonding being presented without developing the math. Gives expanded treatment of periodicity, reaction mechanisms, electronic spectroscopy, bioinorganic chemistry, catalysis, and organometallic chemistry. Includes three types of problems: review, additional challenging exercises, and questions from the literature on inorganic chemistry.