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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
FA1732, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
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Course unit English denomination GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
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Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PHARMACY


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry 10.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2015
End of activities 28/01/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
13 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 02/12/2019 30/09/2020 DOLMELLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
CASARIN MAURIZIO (Membro Effettivo)
GANDIN VALENTINA (Membro Effettivo)
12 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 03/12/2018 30/09/2019 DOLMELLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
CASARIN MAURIZIO (Membro Effettivo)
GANDIN VALENTINA (Membro Effettivo)
11 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/09/2018 DOLMELLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
GANDIN VALENTINA (Membro Effettivo)
MANZINI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
RANCAN MARZIO (Membro Effettivo)
10 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 (M-Z) 01/12/2017 30/09/2018 RANCAN MARZIO (Presidente)
9 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 ( M-Z ) 01/12/2016 30/09/2017 RANCAN MARZIO (Presidente)
EL HABRA NAIDA (Membro Effettivo)
8 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 ( A-L ) 01/12/2016 30/09/2017 DOLMELLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
EL HABRA NAIDA (Membro Effettivo)
GANDIN VALENTINA (Membro Effettivo)
RANCAN MARZIO (Membro Effettivo)
7 Commissione M-Z a.a.2015/16 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 ARMELAO LIDIA (Presidente)
6 Commissione A-L a.a.2015-2016 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 DOLMELLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
ARMELAO LIDIA (Membro Effettivo)
MANZINI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The class of "General and Inorganic Chemistry" is designed so that it can be fruitfully attended also by those who have no prior knowledge of chemistry. However, because of the kind of the explanations that will be given during lectures, it is important that the Students already master at least some basic skills about the numerical calculus, in particular: the execution and the properties of operations with exponential numbers and logarithms, the solution of equations of first and second degree.
Target skills and knowledge: The class of "General and Inorganic Chemistry" aims to provide the Sstudent the basic conceptual tools about the composition, structure, properties and transformations of matter, needed to conduct the chemical characterization of a sample and paving the basis for all subsequent teachings of the curriculum with chemical content.

Taking into account the foreseeable future employment of Students, the chemistry of aqueous solutions will be emphasized, to enable undergraduates a quicker learning of specialized knowledge on the behavior of drugs that will be given to them in subsequent years.

After the lectures the Student has gained basic chemistry knowledges about the composition, structure, properties and modifactions of matter. He understands the fundamental concepts about the atomic nature of the matter, the chemical bonding, the properties of gases and of solutions. He knows the behaviour of a system sitting in condition of chemical equilibrium in an aqueous solution as well as the processes of industrial synthesis of some inorganic compounds in widespread use. He can correctly represent the formula and molecular geometry of binary/ternary compounds and of coordination complexes. He knows how to balance a chemical equation and can read the quantitative ratios ina reaction. He's able of evaluating the concentration, dilution, acidity (pH) of solutions and if conditions might lead to the separation of poorly soluble compounds. He can also foresee the likely result of a chemical reaction.
Examination methods: The assessment about "General and Inorganic Chemistry" consists of a written test and (eventually) of an oral examination as integration.

The written test can be divided into three partial "in progress" tests that will be presented to Students during the class, or in a single cumulative "general" test, that the Students will give in the occasion of one of the official examinations.

The aim of the written test is to verify that the Candidate has gained the knowledges described along the objectives of the course and the ability of the Candidate of translating into quantitative terms the theoretical knowledge gained.

The written test is passed only when the elaborate of the Candidate gets a positive rating.

Effects of a NEGATIVE judgement in the written test: (a) if the Candidate gets negative marks for a "in progress" test, the Candidate is denied access to subsequent "in progress" tests or to the oral examination; (b) if the Candidate gets negative marks for a "general" test, the Candidate is denied access to the oral examination.

The rating gained by passing the written test is the final grade of the Candidate. However, if the Candidate believes that the rating awarded for the written test is inadequate in its preparation, may apply to take an oral examination as integration.

In this case, the Teacher will assign the final grade on the basis of the overall assessment of the two tests and will not necessarily be an improvement over that achieved by passing the written test only.
Assessment criteria: The final examination is designed to assess the degree of achievement of the main teaching objectives:

(a) knowledge of theoretical bases of general chemistry;
(b) knowledge of the chemical behavior of the elements of the main groups of the Periodic Table and of some of thir most notable compounds;
(c) the knowledge of the chemistry of aqueous solutions.

In the evaluation, the Commission will pay attention to how much the presentation of the Candidate has been driven by mastering a method of reasoning.
Course unit contents: Matter and energy. Elements and substances. Atomic nature of matter. Atom and subatomic particles. Isotopes. Molecular and atomic weights. Dalton and mole. Chemical symbols. Oxidation number. Chemical Formulas. Rational nomenclature. Chemical equations. Quantitative ratios. The wave-mechanical atom. Quantum numbers and orbitals. Electronic configurations. The Periodic Table. Theory of the chemical bond (Lewis, VSEPR, VB, OM). Gaseous state. Intermolecular forces of attraction. Hydrogen bond. Phase diagrams and phase transitions. Solutions and measurement of concentration. Dilution. Ionic dissociation. Oxidation and reduction. Balance of chemical reactions in aqueous solution. Raoult's law. Colligative properties of solutions. Osmosis and osmotic pressure. Fractional distillation. Thermochemistry. Enthalpy. Energy of the chemical bond. Spontaneity of reactions. Entropy. Free energy. General information on the chemical equilibrium. Law of mass action. Le Chatelier's principle. Factors affecting the chemical equilibrium. Chemical equilibrium in solution. Water autoprotolysis reaction. Acid-base equilibria. Concept of pH. Calculation of pH. Hydrolysis. Buffer solutions. Solubility equilibria. Solubility product. Factors affecting solubility. Solubility and pH. Solubility and complexation. Electrochemistry. Galvanic cells. Nernst equation. Standard reduction potentials. Inorganic chemistry. Location and characteristics of the elements in the Periodic Table and their properties. Industrial production of some substances of primary importance, such as ammonia, nitric acid and others. Prediction of the course of simple reactions acid/base, redox, precipitation and complexation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of classroom lectures (scheduled 64 hours) and stoichiometry tutorials (scheduled 24 hours).

Teaching is of conventional type, with oral presentation, supported by writing on the board, on transparent sheets or on electronic board. In the lectures the Teacher explains the various topics of the program aiming to illustrate the relevance to the future professional context of the Student, providing concrete examples of the application of theoretical concepts drawn from everyday experience. The Teacher encourages the active participation of Students and stimulates attention by giving questions during the lecture.

Stoichiometry tutorials.
The tutorials are placed at the end of a series of lectures and have as their object:
(a) the practical application of the theoretical tools provided during the lectures (acquisition of practical skills)
(b) stimulate the Student ability to analyze critically the proposed exercise and to identify a good approach to the solution of the problem (acquisition of processing abilities).
Additional notes about suggested reading: The sole book in use RECOMMENDED FOR STUDY is entitled "Chimica di Base". The errata corrige of this text can be found at Other books are adviced for deepening or exercise.

The Teacher urges the Students to attend as much as possible the daily lectures and encourages the critical re-examination of personal lecture notes, also by cross-examination with other Students' notes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Bandoli, A. Dolmella, G. Natile, Chimica di base. Napoli: EdiSES, 2003. (II Ed.) - TESTO DI STUDIO Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.C. Kotz, P.M. Treichel, J.R. Townsend, Chimica. Napoli: EdiSES, 2013. (V Ed. ital.) - Consigliato per consultazione ed approfondimento Cerca nel catalogo
  • R.H. Petrucci, F.G. Herring, J.D. Madura, C. Bissonnette, Chimica Generale. Padova: Piccin, 2013. (III Ed. ital.) - Consigliato per consultazione ed approfondimento Cerca nel catalogo
  • P.W. Atkins, L. Jones, Principi di chimica. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2005. (II Ed. ital.) - Consigliato per consultazione ed approfondimento Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Peloso, Problemi di Chimica Generale. Padova: Casa Editrice Libreria Internazionale Cortina, 2009. (VII Ed.) - Consigliato per esercitazioni Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Bandoli, M. Nicolini, P. Uguagliati, Stechiometria. Padova: Casa Editrice Libreria Progetto, 1994. (III Ed.) - Consigliato per esercitazioni Cerca nel catalogo
  • D.W. Oxtoby, H.P. Gillis, A. Campion, Chimica Moderna. Napoli: EdiSES, 2012. (IV Ed. ital.) - Consigliato per consultazione ed approfondimento Cerca nel catalogo
  • I. Bertini, C. Luchinat, F. Mani, Chimica Inorganica. Milano: Ambrosiana, 2007. Consigliato per consultazione ed approfondimento Cerca nel catalogo
  • M.S. Silberberg, Chimica. --: McGraw-Hill, 2008. (II Ed. ital.) - Consigliato per consultazione ed approfondimento Cerca nel catalogo