The Course is meant to provide information on the structure of the atom, with particular emphasis on the electronic structure as a mean to predict its chemical properties. It will provide the knowledge necessary to write the structure of inorganic and organic molecules including the macromolecules of biological relevance. It will provide the basis to understand and predict how molecules react and to understand the functional role of bio-molecules as building blocks of the cell. It will provide the principles that describe/govern the energy exchange between molecules during chemical reactions. Finally, it will provide a general overview of the cellular metabolism focusing, in particular, on the connection among cell respiration, catabolic processes and energy production.
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The student must acquire familiarity with the name and the corresponding structural formula of substances of common use as well as of biochemical/clinical interest. He has to acquire the ability to recognize the functional groups of the molecules and, on that basis, he is expected to be able to predict their chemical properties and reactivity. Finally, the student must become acquainted with a general vision of the ensemble of the cell metabolic processes and of their connection with energy consumption and production.