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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1162, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL CHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
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 PIER LUIGI ZANONATO CHIM/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/03 General and Inorganic 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 4.0 48 52.0 No turn
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.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ZANONATO PIER LUIGI (Presidente)
BERTONCELLO RENZO (Membro Effettivo)
CAVINATO GIANNI (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 ZANONATO PIER LUIGI (Presidente)
CAVINATO GIANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The student should master the unit of mass (mg, g, kg) and volume (mL, L, m3, dm3, cm3). Also, the student must have good knowledge on use of logarithms and exponential notation. Moreover, he should be able to solve equations of first and second degree.
Target skills and knowledge: To know and to be able to understand reference concepts and propaedeutic arguments regarding:
• the atomic nature of matter;
• the chemical bond;
• the properties of gases and solutions;
• the behavior of chemical reactions, with particular reference to those in aqueous solution (red-ox, acid-base and heterogeneous equilibria);
• the periodic table of elements, and the chemistry of selected elements.
Examination methods: Written and oral. Students must pass a written test with questions covering the whole activity.
Assessment criteria: A maximum of 30 points are awarded to written test.
A maximum of 30 points are awarded to oral exam.
The final vote is obtained by the weighed average of written test and oral examination, 2/3 and 1/3 respectively.
Course unit contents: (Numerical applications are required for the topics marked with an asterisk)

CONSTITUENTS OF MATTER*. Homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. Chemical elements and compounds. Atoms and subatomic particles.
Isotopes and atomic masses. Molecules and molecular mass. Avogadro's number, mole concept.

ATOMIC THEORY. Notice about the first atomic theory and quantum theory. Description of the hydrogen atom: quantum numbers and orbitals. Multi-electronic atoms: Pauli exclusion principle, Hund's rule, the distribution of the electrons. Electronic structures and the periodic table of the elements.

FORMULAS AND CHEMICAL EQUATIONS *. Minimum and molecular formulas. Binary and ternary compounds. Nomenclature. Chemical reactions and their balance.

CHEMICAL BOND. Ionic and covalent bonding. Polarity of the bond. Electronegativity. Valence bond theory. Octect rule. Lewis structures. Resonance formulas. Molecular geometry by VSEPR method.

STATES OF AGGREGATION OF MATTER. The ideal gas. Liquids and solids. Phase equilibria. State diagrams of a pure substance.

SOLUTIONS*. Process of dissolution and solvation. Aqueous solutions. Concentration of a solution. Colligative properties of solutions: osmotic pressure. lowering of vapor pressure, raising and lowering of ebullioscopic and crioscopic points.

KINETIC. Definition of reaction rate. Parameters that affect the rate of reaction. Kinetic laws. Introduction to the theory of collisions. Activation energy Catalysis and catalysts.

CHEMICAL BALANCE*. Law of mass action. Chatelier's principle. Equilibrium constant and its expressions. Thermodynamics of 'chemical balance.

ACIDS AND BASES*. Definitions (Arrhenius, Brønsted-Lowry and Lewis). Ionic product of water. The pH scale. Acid base balance in the water. Strength of acids. Buffer solutions. Titrations of monoprotic acids and bases.

REACTIONS OF OXIDATION-REDUCTION*. Oxidation and reduction. Oxidation number. Rules for calculating the number of oxidation.
Balancing redox reactions.

CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS. Heat and work. Internal energy and enthalpy. First law of thermodynamic and chemical reactions_Hess's law. Entropy and Gibbs's free energy.

ELECTROCHEMISTRY. Red-ox reactions and voltaic pile: Semi-elements; electromotive force; standard potential; standard electrodes. Nernst equation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons with exercises of stoichiometric calculations.
Additional notes about suggested reading: A CD with track of the lessons. Photocopies. Exercises and solutions (sent by mail)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. H. Petrucci, F. G. Herring, J. D. Madura, C. Bissonnette, Chimica generale. Principi ed Applicazioni Moderne. Padova: Piccin, 2013. Si può comperare anche il libro con le soluzioni agli esercizi che si trovano nel testo Cerca nel catalogo
  • I. Bertini, C. Luchinat, F. Mani, Stechiometria Un avvio allo studio della chimica. MILANO: Ambrosiana, --. per i calcoli stechiometrici / in commercio ci sono molti libri equivalenti Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions