Basis of general chemistry (2009/2010)

Course code
4S00998
Name of lecturer
Fabio Piccinelli
Coordinator
Fabio Piccinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
CHIM/03 - GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
1st Semester dal Oct 1, 2009 al Jan 31, 2010.

Lesson timetable

1st Semester
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall D  
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall D  

Learning outcomes

The goal of the course is to learn the main concepts of General Chemistry.

The following topics will be considered:
Chemical and physical phenomena. Fundamental laws of Chemistry. Atomic structure of matter. Periodic properties. Chemical reactions. Stoichiometry. Gases, solids, liquids. The chemical bond. Thermochemistry and thermodynamics. Phase diagrams and properties of solutions. Chemical kinetics. Chemical equilibrium. Equilibria in acqueous solutions. Electrochemistry.

The course should precede Organic Chemistry.

Syllabus

- Introduction, properties, measurements and their units
- Elements, atoms and compounds
- Nomenclature of inorganic compounds
- Types of reactions: precipitations, acids and bases, redox
- General principles of stoichiometry
- Gases
- Termochemistry: internal energy, enthalpy, reaction enthalpies
- Atomic structure
- Periodic properties: atomic and ionic radii, ionization energy, electronic affinity, electronegativity
- Covalent bond
- Polarity of the bonds
- Molecular shape: VSEPR theory
- Hybridisation
- Van der Waals forces
- Properties of liquids
- Properties of solids
- Solutions; concentrations
- Chemical kinetics; reaction mechanisms
- Chemical equilibria
- Acids and bases and their solutions; hydrolysis; buffer solutions
- Spontaneous reactions; free energy
- Electrochemical cells

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination consists of a written part and of an optional oral part.