Introduction; 1. Planet Earth; 2. The nature of matter; 3. Elements and compounds; 4. Chemical reactions; 5. Acids, bases and salts; 6. Quantitative chemistry; 7. How far? How fast?; 8. Patterns and properties of metals; 9. Industrial inorganic chemistry; 10. Organic chemistry; 11. Petrochemicals and polymers; 12. Chemical analysis and investigation; Answers to quick-check questions; Glossary; Index; Appendix: the periodic table; Acknowledgements.