General and Inorganic Chemistry (2009/2010)

Course code
Adolfo Speghini
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Teoria 6 1st Semester Adolfo Speghini
Laboratorio 3 1st Semester Adolfo Speghini

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Module: Theory
The aim of the course is to acquire the main concepts of General Chemistry and some notions of Inorganic Chemistry. In particular:
- models and general concepts for the explanation and prediction of some physics and chemistry properties of systems of increasing complexity: single atoms, ions, molecules, pure substances, macroscopic systems of one or more components;
- concepts and methods to qualitatively and quantitatively predict the variations of the intensive and extensive properties of chemical systems in evolution.

Module: Laboratory
Numerical exercises integrate the knowledge acquired by the student in the theoretical part of the Course, in order to to teach the student how to solve problems of chemical interest.
The experiments in the General Chemistry laboratory integrate the knowledge acquired by the student in the theoretical part of the Course. The student learns how to manage problems of chemical interest, obtains information about the common equipment present in a chemical laboratory and how to work in safe conditions.


Module: Theory
Introduction. Chemical and physical properties of matter and their measurements.
Elements, atoms and compounds.
Nomenclature of inorganic compounds. 
Types of chemical reactions. Reaction stoichiometry.
Ideal and real gases. 
Thermochemistry. Internal energy and enthalpy. Standard enthalpy of reaction and formation.
Atomic structure. Atomic orbitals. Electronic configuration, Aufbau principle. 
Periodic properties: atomic and ionic radii, ionization energy, electron affinity, electronegativity.
Elementary notions on the ionic bond. Ionic compounds.
Covalent bond. Lewis formula. Resonance. Molecular geometry and polarity. Orbital hybridisation. Single and multiple bonds.
Interparticle forces.
Properties of liquids. Solutions. Colligative properties. Binary liquid mixtures. Distillation. 
Properties of solids.
Chemical kinetics. Arrhenius equation. Reaction mechanisms. 
Chemical equilibrium. Equilibrium constant. 
Acid-base equilibrium. Acid, base and salt solutions. Acid-base titration. Buffer solutions.
Solubility equilibrium.
Entropy. Spontaneous processes. Gibbs free energy. Standard free energy of reaction and formation.
Electrochemical cells. Electrolysis.

Module: Laboratory

Stoichiometry problems solving.

Laboratory experiments:
- determination of the hydrogen peroxide concentration in commercial samples for pharmaceutical use
- determination of drinking water hardness
- gravimetric determination of iron
- determination of the number of water molecules in hydrate copper sulphate
- weak base-strong acid titration
- strong base-strong acid titration
- determination of the properties of buffer solution

Assessment methods and criteria

The final examination consists of a written part, consisting of stoichiometry problems and general questions and of an oral part.