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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4068166, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0325, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge STEFANO AGNOLI CHIM/03

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

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
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Base-level knowledge on chemistry and mathematics
Target skills and knowledge: Through theoretical lectures and practical exercises, students will acquire know-how on fundamental chemistry. The resolution of numerical exercises will also make the student familiar with a scientific approach towards various topics. Gaining knowledge on the structure and function relationships in biological macromolecules, on the metabolism and the strategies of metabolic regulation.
Examination methods: The examination of students will be carried out through written tests accounting for numerical exercises and questions to be answered with a brief text production. Students will have to pass two separate written exams, dealing with the two parts of the program.
Assessment criteria: Students' preparation will be evaluated considering the acquisition of specific concepts of general and inorganic chemistry, as well as the ability to use them for the resolution of numerical exercises. Knowledge on biochemistry will be evaluated considering the understanding of specific topics of the discipline, along with the capability to use concepts in an integrated way.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Atomic structure. Building up the periodic table and periodic properties. Chemical bonding: ionic, metallic and covalent bonds. Lewis formulas. Matter aggregation states and related phase transitions. The gaseous state. Kinetic theory of gases: the basics. Real gases. Intermolecular forces. The solid state: basic information on the main structures and properties. The liquid state: main characteristics. Solutions: properties and composition. Concentration and related units. Colligative properties.
Chemical equilibria. The law of mass action and equilibrium constants. Homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria. Le Chatelier principle.
Equilibria in aqueous solutions: acids and bases. pH and acidity scale. Strong and weak acids and bases. Hydrolysis reactions and buffer solutions.
Precipitation equilibria of sparingly soluble salts and hydroxides. Common ion effect.
Electrochemistry: Galvanic cells and standard potentials. Nernst equation. Examples.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Direct teaching activity, through informatics instruments and lectures/exercises on the blackboard, on the fundamental concepts of general and inorganic chemistry. Lessons will start with the easiest topics, such as compound formula and names, up to Lewis structures, acid-base equilibria, electrochemistry. Exercises will be performed with the aim of providing the course with practical contents and giving students the chance to become competent in handling the fundamental concepts of chemistry for their future career.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The presence of students during direct teaching activities and exercises is strictly recommended in order to acquire the presented lesson material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. Chang, K. Goldsby, Fondamenti di Chimica Generale. --: McGraw Hill Education, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Peloso, F. Demartin, Fondamenti ed Esercizi di Chimica Generale ed Inorganica. --: Ed. Progetto Padova, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.N. Spencer, G.M. Bodner, L.H. Rickard, Chimica. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Peloso, PROBLEMI DI CHIMICA GENERALE. --: Libreria Cortina Padova, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Michelin Lausarot, G.A. Vaglio, Stechiometria per la chimica generale. --: Piccin Padova, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C.A.Mathews, K.E. Van Holde, D.R. Appling, S.J Antony-Cahill, Biochemistry. Padova: Piccin, 2013.
  • Donald Voet, Judith G. Voet, Charlotte W. Pratt., Fondamenti di biochimica. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox, I principi di biochimica. Bologna: zanichelli, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Masterton, William L.; Hurley, Cecile N.; Paolucci, Gino; Causin, Valerio, Chimicaprincipi e reazioniWilliam L. Masterton, Cecile N. Hurleyedizione italiana a cura del prof. Gino Paolucci. Padova: Piccin, ©2010, --.
  • Michelin Lausarot, Paola; Vaglio, Gian Angelo, Stechiometria per la chimica generalePaola Michelin Lausarot, Gian Angelo Vaglio. Padova: Piccin, [2005], --.

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