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SC09101329, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1156, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
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 ANDREA BIFFIS CHIM/03

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.0 24 26.0 3
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019/20 20/01/2015 30/11/2020 BIFFIS ANDREA (Presidente)
CENTOMO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
TUBARO CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)
ZANONATO PIER LUIGI (Membro Effettivo)
ZECCA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: To have passed the examination in General Chemistry
Target skills and knowledge: Provide a comprehensive view of the chemistry of the main group elements and their compounds, in particular for what it concerns their preparation, main properties, reactivity (especially in solution) and applications. Furthermore, the periodic trends which characterize the chemistry of these elements will be highlighted
Examination methods: Oral examination on the topics covered by the course (class lessons and laboratory lessons), with a written access test, and with evaluation of the laboratory reports.
Assessment criteria: The laboratory reports are evaluated taking into accound the following criteria:
- capability to present, organize and critically discuss the experimental information;
- appropriate usage of the chemical terminology;
- capability of establishing links between experimental results and theoretical notions.

The oral examination and the access test are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- appropriateness of the answers to the posed questions;
- distinction between general properties of an element or group of elements and peculiar properties;
- appropriate usage of the chemical terminology;
- capability and rapidity in writing balanced chemical equations;
- critical comparison between the characteristics of different elements and linking with the position of the element in the periodic table.
Course unit contents: CLASS LESSONS
1) Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
Orbitals in one- and many-electron atoms. Shielding effect - Slater orbitals. Aufbau and construction of the periodic table. Periodic properties.
The chemical bond. The ionic bond in ionic couples and in ionic solids. The covalent bond: Lewis, VB and MO theory. Diatomic homo- and heteronuclear molecules. Polyatomic molecules: relation between geometry and electronic structure (LGO method). The metallic bond: elements of band theory. The ionic bond: ionic solids and lattice energy. The coordinative bond: HSAB theory, hydrated cations.
s) Systematic treatment of main group elements
The chemistry of the elements of groups 1,2,13,14,15,,16,17,18 will be treated group by group. In particular, the periodic properties of the elements, their variations within a group and between neighbouring elements, the preparation and reactivity of the elements and of their most common compounds (e.g. hydrides, oxides, halides, organoelement compounds) will be highlighted. The economic significance and the main technological applications of the elements and compounds will be also underlined.

The training lessons illustrate the techniques generally employed in an Inorganic Chemistry laboratory and provide a detailed description of the laboratory experiences. During the laboratory, some concepts and phenomena which have been treated during the class lessons are experimentally verified by applying them to the preparation and characterization of inorganic compounds. The activities involve classical reactions such as dissolution and precipitation of poorly soluble compounds (salts, oxides, hydroxides), redox reactions, complex formation
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course involves 56 hours of class lessons, the contents of which are illustrated at the blackboard with the support of PowerPoint presentations. The pace of the lessons is determined in order to enable the students to directly understand the treated topics and to allow them to take detailed notes.

The 10 hours training lessons serve to present, illustrate in detail and discuss the laboratory activitiy, as well as to return on some practical aspects of the topics trated in the class lessons.

The laboratory part involves the preparation and characterization of some key inorganic compounds of main group elements. The experiences will be performed in groups of 2-3 people each. At the end of the laboratory, individual laboratory reports are produced by the students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes
Lecture slides (PowerPoint)
Laboratory manual
Reference texts
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, Chimica inorganica. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C.E. Housecroft, A.G. Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry. --: Pearson-Prentice Hall, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Rayner-Canham, T. Overton, Chimica Inorganica Descrittiva. --: EdiSES, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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