cod. 14785

Academic year 2020/21
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Chimica generale e inorganica (CHIM/03)
Discipline chimiche
Type of training activity
72 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding: Aim of the course is to give the fundamental knowledge in order to understand and apply the concepts of general and inorganic chemistry, with particular regard to the study of matter in its different aggregation states and to the study of chemical transformations (chemical reactions). The knowledge acquired by the student will be used in the subsequent courses containing chemical-physic concepts. Applying knowledge and understanding: the instruments necessary to understand the structure and reactivity of matter, both at macro and micro level, will be furnished. Particular importance will be given to structure-reactivity. property correlations, investigating thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of transformations. Exercises will cover several chapters of the program (taking advantage from "progetto IDEA"), aimed at training the student with quantitative aspects of chemistry. Making judgment: the student will be trained at using all the information received to understand, and then describing, the properties of matter and its behaviour, taking into account also thermodynamic and kinetic data. The exercises will help the student to self-assessment his/her preparation, also with the contribution o discussions on selected topics. Communication skills: the student will be asked to use a correct scientific language, both in oral and written form, as well as the ability to represent graphically the descriptive models of matter (from the electronic model of atom to structural molecular formulae). Learning ability: the student will be able to understand, and in some cases to predict, the outcome of inorganic reactions. He/She will be able to correlate the structure of simple inorganic compounds with its properties/reactivity, the same for simple hydrocarbons. Finally, the student will be able to interpret the thermodynamic parameters of a given process.


Prerequsites are not needed since the course starts introducing the basic concepts of General Chemistry

Course unit content

Atomic theory basis. Chemical bond, from atoms to molecules. Thermodynamic and equilibrium. States of matter (gaseous, liquid and solid). Phase transitions and phase equilibrium. Solution properties. Behaviour of acids, bases and salts in acqueous solutions. pH of acqueous solutions. Electrochemistry. Kinetic. Brief outlines of organic chemistry.

Full programme

What is chemistry - Matter - Particle nature of matter - States of aggregation of matter - State passages - Elements and compounds - Homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures or mixtures - Introduction to the atom (mass number and atomic number) - Isotopes - Chemical elements : periodic table; elementary or combined elements; molecular elements; allotropic forms - Compounds: ionic and molecular compounds (covalent); ion formulas; ion combination; molecular compound formulas - Mole: molar mass and formula weight - percentage composition of compounds: determination of the minimum formula (brute) - hydrated salts
Electronic structure of the atom
Electromagnetic radiation - Electromagnetic spectrum - Planck equation - Light matter interaction: incandescence; photoelectric effect - Energy absorption and emission: spectral lines; Rydberg equation - Bohr atomic model - Wave-particle dualism: De Broglie equation - Schroedinger equation - Atomic orbital and quantum numbers - Types of atomic orbitals (s, p, d, f) - Energy scale for atomic orbitals - Electronic configuration of the elements (Aufbau): Pauli exclusion principle and Hund's rule - Reconstruction of the Periodic Table - Periodic properties of the elements: atomic radius; ionization energy; electronic affinity; ion beam; electronegativity.
Chemical bond
Ionic bond: cations and anions; Coulomb's law; factors that influence the attractive force (ionic radius, charge); formulas of ionic compounds - Covalent bond: homopolar and heteropolar; Lewis formulas; rule of the octet and exceptions; resonance hybrids; chemical radicals; VSEPR theory; polarity of the covalent bond; polarity of molecules; properties of the covalent bond (order, length, energy); VB theory; hybridization (methane, ammonia, water, boron trifluoride, ethylene, acetylene, benzene); MO theory (hydrogen molecule, fluorine molecule, oxygen molecule); delocalization of molecular orbitals; metal bond
Outline of Organic Chemistry - Hydrocarbons
Saturated hydrocarbons: linear alkanes; branched alkanes (isomerism); cyclic alkanes (cycloalkanes); Lewis formulas and structural formulas; nomenclature - unsaturated hydrocarbons: alkenes; alkyne; aromatic compounds - Sources of hydrocarbons - Combustion
Oxidation number - Construction of chemical formulas using the oxidation number - Classes of common compounds: metal oxides, non-metal oxides, hydroxides, oxygenated acids, hydracids, Salts
Thermodynamics (part I) and thermochemistry
System and environment - First law of thermodynamics (energy conservation) - Heat, work and internal energy - Enthalpy - Exothermic and endothermic processes - Standard training enthalpy - Standard reaction enthalpy - Hess's law (outline)
Gaseous state
Boyle's law - Charles's law - Gay-Lussac's law - Avogadro's law - Perfect gases (ideals) - Partial pressures - Molecular kinetic theory - Diffusion and effusion - Real gases
Intermolecular forces and liquid state
Intermolecular forces: ion / dipole interaction; dipole / dipole interaction; induced dipole / dipole interaction; induced dipole / induced dipole interaction; hydrogen bond (liquid and solid water) - liquid state: cohesive forces; evaporation (dynamic equilibrium); vapor pressure; boiling; supercritical fluid; surface tension, capillarity
Solid state
Crystalline and amorphous solids - Crystal lattice (elementary cell, reference to Miller indices, crystalline habitus) - Symmetry operations: rotation axis; symmetry plane; inversion center; roto-inversion axis - Crystallographic systems and Bravais lattices (outline) - Polymorphism (packaging) - Ionic solid - Covalent solid - Molecular solid
State diagrams
Balance between the phases - Diagram of state of water and carbon dioxide
Dissolution processes: solubility laws (solvent and solute polarity); dissociation and solvation; miscibility; exo or endothermic dissolutions; solubility of gases in liquids (Henry's Law) - Concentration of solutions: percentage by weight; weight / volume; percentage by volume; ppm; molar fraction, molarity; molality - Concentration and dilution - Liquid mixtures: ideal conditions and Raoult's law - Colligative properties: variation of the vapor pressure; ebullioscopic elevation; cryoscopic lowering; osmosis - Collodi (outline)
Chemical kinetics
Speed ​​of a chemical reaction - kinetic equation (partial reaction orders and order of total reaction) - Collision theory - Activation energy and activated complex - Kinetic factors: concentration; temperature; physical nature reagents, catalysts
Chemical equilibrium (reactions)
Reversibility - Reactions in favor of products: acid-base reactions (acid / base according to Arrhenius and Brønsted) - Strong acids and weak bases- Precipitation reactions - Displacement reactions - Equilibrium reactions - Equilibrium constant - Equilibrium quotient - Le Chatelier-Brown principle
Acid-base equilibria and solubility product
Ionic product of water - pH: pH of aqueous solutions of strong acids and bases; pH of aqueous solutions of weak acids and bases; acid (or basic) dissociation constant - pH of aqueous solutions of polyprotic acids; conjugated acids and bases; acid and alkaline hydrolysis; pH of saline solutions; buffer solutions - Lewis acids and bases - Solubility and solubility product - Effect of the common ion
Thermodynamics (part II) - Entropy and free energy
Spontaneity of a process: entropy and its statistical interpretation (microstates); Boltzman report; third principle of thermodynamics; entropy variation; Gibbs free energy; Gibbs free energy and balance balance; thermodynamic / kinetic correlation
Oxidation and reduction processes (oxidizing / reducing) - voltaic cell or cell: electromotive force and standard potential - Spontaneity of an electrochemical process - Standard reduction potentials - Nernst equation


Here you can find a list of suggested books that can be found in the library of Chemistry.
1) C.KOTZ, P.TREICHEL, J.TOWNSEND: "Chimica", EdiSES; 2) BERTINI, LUCHINAT, MANI: "Chimica-Materia, Tecnologia, Ambiente", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana; 3) R. CHANG, J. OVERBY: "Fondamenti di Chimica Generale", Mac Graw Hill; 4)P.ATKINS, L.JONES: "Principi di chimica",Zanichelli

Teaching methods

Class lectures, class practices (stoichiometry) and simple demonstrative experiments. There will be the possibility of following all the activities on-line (via Teams). The recorded lessons will be made available online through the Elly platform. The stoichiometry practices will be devoted to chemical reactions, concentration of solutions, pH of acqueous solutions, colligative poperties, solubility and equilibrium. Most of the exercises will be conducted under the guidance of a high school teacher, through a devoted didactic program (Progetto IDEA).

Assessment methods and criteria

The student should be able to explain the concepts acquired during the course by using an appropriate language and by connecting the different chapters of the program properly. The examination will be constituted by a written test (questions dealing with the fundamental aspects of the program and some stoichiometry exercises). Usually the written exam is composed by an exercise based on nomenclature (whose passing is mandatory to be admitted to the oral exam), by a second exercise about reactions and by other four exercises/questions covering different aspects of the program (solution concentration and pH, Lewis formulae and structural formulae, colligative properties, solubility and thermochemistry). During the written exam the use of a calculator will be admitted. A Periodic Table of the Elements will be furnished together with the text of the exam. The student will be admitted to the oral examination only after having passed the written examination. The result of the written exam will be communicated through the dedicated web platform, at least two days before the scheduled oral exam. The final grade is on a scale of 30, based on the average of the written and oral exams.
In the case of the persistence of the health emergency, the exam will be conducted with the remote modality (via Teams) as oral exam. The exam will be then organized in the following way: knowledge of the chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, ability to set up a couple of exercises, with no need to do all the calculations, a couple of theoretical questions.

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