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CHEMISTRY (Iniziali cognome A-L)
SC03101111, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1158, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
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 VITTADINI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
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
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 Chimica (Sdopp.) 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 NATILE MARTA MARIA (Presidente)
VITTADINI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
GROSS SILVIA (Supplente)
10 Chimica (iniziali cognome A-L) 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 VITTADINI ANDREA (Presidente)
NATILE MARTA MARIA (Membro Effettivo)
GROSS SILVIA (Supplente)
9 Chimica (iniziali cognome M-Z) 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 NATILE MARTA MARIA (Presidente)
VITTADINI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
GROSS SILVIA (Supplente)
8 Chimica (iniziali cognome A-L) 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 VITTADINI ANDREA (Presidente)
NATILE MARTA MARIA (Membro Effettivo)
GROSS SILVIA (Supplente)
7 Chimica (iniziali cognome M-Z) 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 NATILE MARTA MARIA (Presidente)
VITTADINI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
6 Chimica (iniziali cognome A-L) 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 VITTADINI ANDREA (Presidente)
NATILE MARTA MARIA (Membro Effettivo)
GROSS SILVIA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Elementary maths
Target skills and knowledge: Basic concepts and principles of chemistry and their applications in chemistry and closely-related fields. The student will be able to understand the nature of the chemical bond, to predict simple molecular geometries, to apply the laws describing the properties and the transformations of the substances found in nature.
Examination methods: The exam consists three sections. The first one includes ca 16 of multiple-choice questions, while the second one regards inorganic nomenclature. The third section includes some simple exercises on the following subjects: the prediction of the electronic and structural properties of simple molecular systems; stoichiometry; chemical thermodynamics and equilibrium; properties of the perfect gas and of solutions; chemical kinetics; electrochemistry.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the basis of their knowledge of the topics covered by the course.As far as the numerical exercises are concerned, they will be evaluated on the basis of
Course unit contents: BASIC CONCEPTS. Physical vs. chemical transformations. States of matter, Homogenous and heterogenous systems. Elements and chemical compounds. ATOMS, MOLECULES AND IONS. Atoms. Molecules. Ions. Atomic number, atomic mass, relative atomic mass, Avogadro number, Molecular mass. ATOMIC STRUCTURE. Atomic particles. The quantum theory. Quantum numbers. Pauli principle, Hund rule, atomic orbitals, electronic configurations. THE ELEMENTS. Periodic properties and electronic structure. The periodic system. CHEMICAL FORMULAS AND EQUATIONS. Formulas. Minimal formulas. Binary and ternary compounds. Nomenclature. Chemical equations. Writing a balanced equation. Percentage composition. Limiting reactant and percentage yield. CHEMICAL BONDING. Ionic potential, electron affinity. Octet theory. Ionic bonding. Lattice Energy. Covalent and polar covalent bonding. Electronegativity. Lewis structures. Resonance. Oxidation numbers. Formal charges. VSEPR theory. Intermolecular forces. Hydrogen bonds. Valence Bond Theory vs. Molecular Orbital Theory. THE GASEOUS STATE. Pressure and temperature. The ideal gas law. Mixtures of gases. PHASE TRANSITIONS. Vapour pressure. Evaporation. Boiling point. Sublimation. Phase diagrams: the cases of water and carbon dioxide. SOLUTIONS: nature of dissolved species. Aqueous solutions. Composition of solutions. Henry Law. COLLIGATIVE PROPERTIES. Lowering of vapour pressure. Raoult Law. Elevation of boiling point. Depression of freezing point Osmotic pressure.CHEMICAL KINETICS. Reaction rate. Effect of temperature. Theory of collisions. Activation Energy. Catalysis. Order of reaction. EQUILIBRIUM IN CHEMICAL REACTIONS. Chemical thermodynamics. Law of Mass Action. Equilibrium constants Kc and Kp. Thermodynamical constant. ACIDS AND BASES. Theories of Arrhenius, Bronsted Lowry, Lewis. Strength of acid and bases. CONDUCTIVITY OF SOLUTIONS. Dissociation and conductivity. REDOX REACTIONS. Oxidation and reduction. Balancing a redox reactions with the half-reaction method. ELECTROCHEMISTRY. Chemical cells. Cell potential. Standard electrode. Standard potential. Nernst equation. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Hydrocarbons. main functional groups.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Downloadable Powerpoint slides.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Petrucci, Ralph H., Chimica generaleprincipi ed applicazioni moderneRalph H. Petrucci ... [et al.]. Padova: Piccin, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kotz, John C.; Townsend, John Raymond, ChimicaJohn C. Kotz, Paul M. Treichel, John R. Townsend. Napoli: EdiSES, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo