Basis of general chemistry (2007/2008)

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Course code
Name of lecturer
Marco Giovanni Bettinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° Q dal Jan 10, 2008 al Mar 12, 2008.

Lesson timetable

2° Q
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall D  
Thursday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall D  
Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 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.


- 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
- Colligative properties
- 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.