The course aims to enable the student to understand and apply the basic concepts and lines of reasoning of Chemistry. In particular, the primary objective will be to show, also by using examples drawn from everyday experience, that chemistry provides the Language to
describe the transformations of matter. The student could use the acquired knowledge to deal with the chemical contents of the following courses. The exercises will be aimed to familiarize the student with the quantitative aspects of chemical problems and to apply her/his knowledge to specific examples.
LEARNING OUTCOMES. The students are invited to develop their communication skills, their ability to learn and make connections between the various chemical arguments. At the end of the course, the student will demonstrate her/his knowledge about: the structure atom; the nature of the chemical bond and the structure of the molecules; the states of matter and the changes of state; thermodynamics and chemical kinetics; the principles of electrochemistry; the inorganic chemistry of the elements of the main groups. In addition, the student must be able to solve basic problems of the stoichiometry.