The textbook "Descriptive Inorganic, Coordination, and Solid-State Chemistry" 2nd ed. by Glen E. Rodgers is intended for students who have completed a general chemistry course sequence. Knowledge of organic and physical chemistry is not assumed or required. The chapters are primarily written for students, rather than faculty, and have a conversational style with significant use of 'we' in the text. The first six chapters cover an introduction to inorganic chemistry and aspects of coordination chemistry. One strength of the early exposure to naming and structures of coordination compounds is good correlation with synthesis of coordination compounds in a laboratory portion of the course. Chapters 7 and 8 provide description of solid-state structures and energetics. Basic concepts of solid state chemistry are covered, such as unit cell types, close packing, and a few structure types. There is some overlap and review of content covered in many general chemistry textbooks. Chapter 9 covers periodic trends that is largely a review of content covered in general chemistry. Chapters 10-19 is a coverage of the chemistry of the representative elements. There are a variety of end of chapter problems from which to choose.
The chapters present a strong historical context of the chemistry. Although the book is somewhat text heavy, Rodgers uses a style that was described by students as easy to read, "In 1808 the ebullient and foolhardy chemist Sir Humphry Davy, ...". The textbook, being descriptive in nature, does not cover symmetry, point groups, or molecular orbital theory or other advanced topics that one might find in textbooks written for more advanced students. The textbook is well-suited for a sophomore level course as an introduction to inorganic chemistry, or similarly titled course.
I used the textbook in a one semester inorganic chemistry course for junior and senior level students. The course prerequisite was Physical Chemistry I. I covered Chapters 1-7, 9 and the remainder of the course was spent on supplemental coverage of symmetry and group theory using other sources including Huheey, Keiter and Keiter "Principles of Inorganic Chemistry" and Douglas, McDaniel, Alexander "Concepts and Models of Inorganic Chemistry".