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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1029470, A.A. 2013/14

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0325, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2013/14
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Course unit English denomination GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
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Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge DAVIDE BARRECA

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2013
End of activities 25/01/2014
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Examination board
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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: No specific pass of these exams are required.
Target skills and knowledge: Through theoretical lectures and practical exercises, students will acquire know-how on fundamental chemistry. The resolution of numerical exercises will also make the student familiar with a scientific approach towards various topics. Gaining knowledge on the structure and function relationships in biological macromolecules, on the metabolism and the strategies of metabolic regulation.
Examination methods: The examination of students will be carried out through written tests accounting for numerical exercises and questions to be answered with a brief text production.
Assessment criteria: Student knowledge will be evaluated considering both specific definitions provided during the course, and also evaluating the capacity of using the acquired know-how in the solution of general and inorganic chemistry numerical problems. The biochemistry knowledge will be evaluated considering both specific definitions given during the course but also by analyzing their capacity of applying the acquired knowledge in integrate manner

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Atomic structure. Building up the periodic table and periodic properties. Chemical bonding: ionic, metallic and covalent bonds. Lewis formulas. Matter aggregation states and related phase transitions. The gaseous state. Kinetic theory of gases: the basics. Real gases. Intermolecular forces. The solid state: basic information on the main structures and properties. The liquid state: main characteristics. Solutions: properties and composition. Concentration and related units. Colligative properties.
Thermodynamics. State Functions: The First and Second Thermodynamics Principle. Reversible and irreversible processes. Gibbs energy and spontaneous reactions.
Chemical equilibria. The law of mass action and equilibrium constants. Homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria. Le Chatelier principle.
Equilibria in aqueous solutions: acids and bases. pH and acidity scale. Strong and weak acids and bases. Hydrolysis reactions and buffer solutions.
Precipitation equilibria of sparingly soluble salts and hydroxides. Common ion effect.
Electrochemistry: Galvanic cells and standard potentials. Nernst equation. Examples.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Direct teaching activity, through informatics instruments and lectures/exercises on the blackboard, on the fundamental concepts of general and inorganic chemistry. Lessons will start with the easiest topics, such as compound formula and names, up to Lewis structures, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry. Exercises will be performed with the aim of providing the course with practical contents and giving them the chance to become technicians able to handle the fundamental chemistry elements needed in future career.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The presence of students during direct teaching activities and exercises are strictly recommended in order to acq
uire the presented material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • - A. Peloso, F. De Martin, Fondamenti ed esercizi di chimica generale e inorganica per i primi corsi universitari. --: Ed. Libreria Progetto, --.
  • R. H. Petrucci, W. S. Harwood, F. G. Herring, Chimica generale. --: Ed. italiana a cura di L. Cattalini e G. Paolucci,, --.