General and Inorganic Chemistry - Teoria (2007/2008)

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Course code
Name of lecturer
Adolfo Speghini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 8, 2007 al Jan 31, 2008.

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Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Berni (Lebrecht)  
Wednesday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Berni (Lebrecht)  

Learning outcomes

The goal of the course is to learn the main concepts of General Chemistry.
Chemical and physical phenomena. Fundamental laws of Chemistry. Atomic structure of matter. Periodic properties. Chemical reactions. Stoichiometry. Gases, solids, liquids. The chemical bond. Thermochemistry and thermodynamics. Phase diagrams and properties of solutions. Chemical kinetics. Chemical equilibrium. Equilibria in acqueous solutions. Electrochemistry.


- Introduction, properties, measurements and their units
- Elements, atoms and compounds
- Nomenclature of inorganic compounds
- Types of reactions: precipitations, acids and bases, redox
- General principles of stoichiometry
- Gases
- Termochemistry: internal energy, enthalpy, reaction enthalpies
- Atomic structure; Bohr's model, quantum mechanics
- Periodic properties: atomic and ionic radii, ionization energy, electronic affinity, electronegativity
- Covalent bond
- Polarity of the bonds
- Molecular shape: VSEPR theory
- Hybridisation
- Van der Waals forces
- Properties of liquids
- Properties of solids
- Solutions; concentrations
- Colligative properties
- Chemical kinetics; reaction mechanisms
- Chemical equilibria
- Acids and bases and their solutions; hydrolysis; buffer solutions
- Solubility equilibria
- Spontaneous reactions; free energy
- Electrochemical cells
- Electrolysis

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination consists of a written part, consisting of stoichiometry problems and questions on the theory of General Chemistry, and of an oral part.