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SCN1036943, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IF1839, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
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 can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LAURA ORIAN CHIM/02
Other lecturers ALFONSO ZOLEO CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 4.0
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 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 2
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 M-Z CHIMICA 1 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 ZOLEO ALFONSO (Presidente)
RUZZI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
10 A-L CHIMICA 1 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 ORIAN LAURA (Presidente)
PILOT ROBERTINO (Membro Effettivo)
9 M-Z CHIMICA 1 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 ZOLEO ALFONSO (Presidente)
RUZZI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
8 A-L CHIMICA 1 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 ORIAN LAURA (Presidente)
ZOLEO ALFONSO (Membro Effettivo)
RUZZI MARCO (Supplente)
7 M-Z CHIMICA 1 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 ZOLEO ALFONSO (Presidente)
RUZZI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
ORIAN LAURA (Supplente)
6 A-L CHIMICA 1 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 ORIAN LAURA (Presidente)
ZOLEO ALFONSO (Membro Effettivo)
RUZZI MARCO (Supplente)

Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide a basic but rigorous knowledge of chemistry. The goal of the exercises is the acquisition of the fundamentals of stoichiometry. During the lab sessions the student will become familiar with simple chemical equipments and common lab practices.
Examination methods: Written exam. Lab reports.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation criteria of lab reports: correctness, completeness and conciseness of the reports. Evaluation criteria of the written exam: the student must prove the acquisition of the fundamental concepts of chemistry through the solution of problems and answering to open questions. Evaluation criteria: correctness of the numerical results, explanation of the whole procedure, coherence among interdependent results and rigorous use of units of measurement
Course unit contents: Thermodynamics: physical and chemical systems. Aggregation states of matter. Extensive and intensive state variables. State functions and equations. Perfect and real gases. Zeroth law. First law: work, heat and internal energy. Enthalpy. Standard phase transition, reaction and formation enthalpy, Hess law. Kirchoff law. Reversible and irreversible transformations. Second law: entropy and spontaneous processes in adiabatic conditions. Third law; Debye law and absolute entropy. Gibbs free energy and spontaneous processes. Chemical potential. Spontaneous chemical reactions and reaction equilibrium. Reaction free energy and equilibrium constant. Phase transitions and equilibria. Clapeyron and Clausius-Clapeyron equations. Ideal and real solutions. Colligative properties and osmotic pressure. Chemical kinetics: reaction rate; kinetic laws and constants. Half-life. Reaction mechanisms. Arrhenius law. Elements of catalysis.
Atoms, atomic number and mass number; isotopes; ions. Molecules and compounds. Atomic and molecular weight. Mole. Nomenclature of inorganic compounds.
Chemical reactions and their balancing.
Stoichiometry of chemical reactions. Ways of expressing concentration.
Quantum-mechanical model of atom: quantum numbers; orbitals; electronic configurations (Hund’s rule and Pauli’s principle); periodic properties of elements.
The chemical bond: 1) ionic bond. 2) covalent bond: Lewis’s structure; molecular geometry and VSEPR method; valence bond theory; molecular orbitals theory. 3) hydrogen bond.
Chemical equilibrium: homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria; Mass action law and equilibrium constant;
Le Chatelier’s principle.
Acid-base equilibria: properties and definitions of acids and bases; water autoprotolysis reaction; pH; hydrolysis; buffer solutions; acid-base titration.
Solubility equilibria: Solubiltity product; molar solubility; factors affecting the solubility (common ion, pH and complexation).
Electrochemistry: voltaic cells; standard reduction potential; Nerst equation; electrochemical cells in non-standard conditions; batteries; electrolytic cells.
The problem solving activities aim to practical application of the theoretical tools provided during the lectures.
Laboratory experiments are relative to General and Inorganic Chemistry program
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of classroom lectures, problem solving activities and laboratory experiments.
Additional notes about suggested reading: lesson's notes, downloads of complementary material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • PETRUCCI - HERRING - MADURA - BISSONNETTE, Chimica generale. --: PICCIN, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Peter W. Atkins, Julio De Paula, Elementi di chimica fisica. --: Zanichelli, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo