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IN03122522, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0507, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CHEMISTRY
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge ENRICO NEGRO CHIM/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/07 Foundations of Chemistry for Technologies 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
12 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 NEGRO ENRICO (Presidente)
DI NOTO VITO (Membro Effettivo)
VEZZU' KETI (Supplente)
10 A.A. 2017/2018 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 BERTASI FEDERICO (Presidente)
NEGRO ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
DI NOTO VITO (Supplente)
VEZZU' KETI (Supplente)

Prerequisites: No spcecific knowledge base is necessary to follow this course, that does not have any prerequisite.
Target skills and knowledge: After passing the exam, the student will have acquired a basic understanding and knowledge of the fundamental chemical phenomena and of the main chemical laws. The student will also have acquired the capability to correlate the physico-chemical phenomena (e.g., electronic, thermodynamic and kinetic) involving matter with the properties of the latter. The student will have become capable to solve exercises and problems concerned with the main topics of stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.
Examination methods: The exam will consist in a written test. One written "in itinere" test will be taken during the course, covering ca. half of the program. A second written test will be taken at the end of the course on the rest of the program. If both tests are passed, the whole exam is passed with a mark that is the arithmetic mean of the two tests. In addition, during each Academic Year 4 written exams are granted: 2 are taken at the end of the course (winter session in February), one in the summer session (July) and one in September. Each written test consists in 2-3 exercises and 10-15 multiple answer questions. Each exam will typically last two hours. Precise information on the modes of the exam, on the minimum mark to pass the exam and on the dates will be provided at the beginning of the course in a short prospectus.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student's acquisition of the subject-matter of this course will be based on: (i) the understanding of the topics covered during the course; (ii) the acquisition of the concepts and methodologies explained during the course; and (iii) the capability to apply (i) and (ii) in an autonomous and conscious mode.
Course unit contents: The atomic structure of matter. The structure of the atomic nucleus: stable and unstable nuclei; types of radioactive decays; the law of the radioactive decay and the half-life; the mass defect, fundamentals of nuclear fission and fusion. The electronic structure of the atoms; atomic orbitals; electronic configurations and periodic classification of the elements. Periodic properties: the effective nuclear charge, the atomic dimensions (atomic and ionic radii), the ionization energy, the electron affinity, the electronegativity, the metallic character. The chemical bonds: ionic bonds (Born-Haber cycle, lattice energy), the covalent bond (valence states, hybridization, molecular geometry, molecular orbitals), the metallic bond (band theory, conductors, semiconductors, insulators), the weak bonds. The chemical reactions: balancing and stoichiometric calculations. The aggregation states of matter and their properties: gases, liquids and solids. The principles of chemical thermodynamics. Thermochemistry. The chemical equilibrium: the equilibrium constant. Homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria in the gaseous phase. Factors that affect the chemical equilibrium: speed of a reaction, catalysts. Acids and bases. Electrochemistry: batteries, electrode potentials, potential of a half-cell, electrochemical series of the standard potentials, accumulators; electrolytic phenomena, electrolysis of aqueous solutions. Fundamentals of the corrosion of metals and of protection systems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching activity is articulated into theoretical lectures that include demonstrations and the solving of exercises and problems. The teaching is carried out through frontal lectures. Each frontal lecture is carried out in a traditional way, using chalks on a blackboard. Accordingly, the students will have the possibility to take lecture notes at the same speed as the instructor will write, and to follow step by step the solution of exercises, understanding their difficulties and identifying possible errors or wrong approaches. Furthermore, during the pauses used to erase the blackboard, the students will have the time to reorganize the material and express their doubts. At the end of the lecture, the instructor will be available to provide additional info on the doubts arisen during the lecture.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The collection of lecture notes and the use of the suggested textbooks is recommended. The suggested textbooks cover the whole program taught during the course, including both the theoretical part and the exercises.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. A. MICHELIN, A. MUNARI, FONDAMENTI DI CHIMICA. PADOVA: CEDAM, 2011. 2a Edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. A. MICHELIN, M. MOZZON, A. MUNARI, TEST ED ESERCIZI DI CHIMICA. PADOVA: CEDAM, 2012. 6a Edizione Cerca nel catalogo

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