cod. 00130

Academic year 2009/10
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Chimica generale e inorganica (CHIM/03)
Discipline chimiche
Type of training activity
56 hours
of face-to-face activities
7 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

The objective of the course is to provide the first year students with the basic concepts of chemistry <br />
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Course unit content

 Chemical instruments. Atoms and elements. Compounds and molecules. Chemical reactions: an introduction. Reactions in water solutions. Thermochemistry. Atomic and molecular structure. Structure of the atom. Electronic configuration of atoms and periodic properties. Basic concepts on the chemical bond and on the molecular structure. – Further concepts on the chemical bond: orbital hybridization, molecular orbital theory and metallic bond. The states of aggregation: gases and their behaviour. Intermolecular forces: liquids and solids. Solutions and their behaviour. The control of chemical reactions: thermodynamic and kinetic aspects. The principles of thermodynamics and their implications in a chemical context. Spontaneity of the chemical reactions. Enthropy and free energy. Chemical equilibrium. The chemistry of acids and bases. Buffer systems. Precipitation reactions. Thermodynamics of redox reactions. Electrochemistry. Kinetics: rate and mechanisms of chemical reactions – Chemistry of the elements and of their compounds: the s and p blocks and the transition elements of biological relevance. <br />
Laboratory activities. <br />
Stoichiometry. Equivalent weight. Chemical reactions. Normality. Redox reactions. Principles of volumetric analysis. Balance in pH solutions. Buffer solutions. <br />
Laboratory activities: determination of the absolute zero through measures of volume variations with temperature. Determination of the titre of a solution. Titration of an acid with a strong base – Oxidimetric titration - pHmetry. <br />
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Full programme

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Altri testi consigliati <br />
Manotti Lanfredi & Tiripicchio FONDAMENTI DI CHIMICA (seconda edizione), CEA, Milano <br />
Kotz & Treichel - CHIMICA - ed Edises, Napoli <br />

Teaching methods

The course will be made up of lectures, supplemented by material accessible online on the Biotechnology site ( There will be impromptu tests during the year to check student level of comprehension. <br />
The exam will be written and consist of a series of questions which will retrace, in order, the course syllabus: atomic and molecular theories (nomenclature and stoichimetry), chemical bonds (molecular forms), thermodynamics (thermochemistry and balance in solutions) and kinetics (reaction mechanisms). <br />

Assessment methods and criteria

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Other information

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