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SC06101274, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1157, 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 PHYSICAL 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 ABDIRISAK AHMED ISSE CHIM/02
Other lecturers LORENZO FRANCO CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 10.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.5 35 52.5 No turn
Lecture 6.5 52 110.5 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 a.a.2018/19 20/01/2015 30/11/2019 AHMED ISSE ABDIRISAK (Presidente)
FERRARINI ALBERTA (Membro Effettivo)
FRANCO LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Mathematics, General physics 1, General and inorganic chemistry
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the students with the fundamental basis and methods of classical thermodynamics. At the end of the course the student should be able to apply the concepts taught, to solve physicochemical problems
Examination methods: The examination will be composed of a written and an oral test. In the written exam the student will solve some exercises on chemical thermodynamics. This written examination may also be replaced by partial tests taken during the semester. Only students successfully passing the written examination will be admitted to the oral examination. The final exam score will take into consideration the results of the partial tests taken during the semester (or the final written test) and the oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The student’s preparation will be judged on the basis of the comprehension of the concepts taught and from the capability of the student to apply the thermodynamic methods to the solution of chemical problems.
Course unit contents: 1) State functions and variables.
2) Principles of thermodynamics.
3) Thermodynamic potentials, differentials and state functions.
4) Thermodynamic properties of pure substances
4) Phase equilibria in pure substances.
5) Thermodynamic properties of multi-component systems.
6) Dilute solutions and colligative properties.
7) Ionic solutions.
8) Thermodynamics of Galvanic cells.
9) Macroscopic description of chemical kinetics, reaction mechanisms.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures using overhead projectors or blackboard. Hands-on participation of the students during problem-solving will be encouraged.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All teaching materials, including exercises and sample tests, will be made available to the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P. W. Atkins, J. dePaula, Physical Chemistry. --: Oxford: OUP, 2009. IX Edizione in inglese, oppure V Edizione in italiano 2012 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem solving

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