The 1st course of General Chemistry aims to give students a theoretical knowledge of different areas of chemistry, covering composition of matter, fundamentals of chemical energy, solutions and colligative properties, chemical equilibrium in homogeneous solutions.
General and specific skills (Dublin descriptors):
1. to have the knowledge and ability to understand:
1.1 - how to recognize and use theories and concepts
1.2 - how to analyze and summarize information
2. Applying knowledge and understanding
2.1 - Apply knowledge to address problems
3. Realization of judgment / decision making:
3.1 - Process and interpret quantitative data
4.1 - to understand and use information sources
4.2 - Transmitting knowledge appropriately acquired
5. Skills of self-learning
5.1 Develop adequate competences to be autonomous
5.2 To develop criticism including
1. General aspects
Quantities and units; representation of numeric values; notions of dimensional analysis; mass and chemical reactions.
2. Structure of matter: atomic theory
Atoms, molecules and ions, quantum theory and atomic structure, the periodic table.
Chemical bonding, molecular geometry and symmetry.
4. Gases, liquids and solids
Laws and properties of gases; real gases; intermolecular forces and condensed states.
5. Phase equilibria and solutions
Changes of state. Phase equilibria. Phase diagrams. Phase rule. Ideal solutions. Partial molar quantities. Raoult's law. Henry's Law. Colligative properties. Real solutions and activities.
Secondary school Chemistry (preferably 12th year) and basic English
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in oral and written communication; . Competence to solve problems; . Creativity; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; . Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Critical thinking; . Self-criticism and self-evaluation; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
assessment implementation in 20182019 Final Assessment Exam: 100.0% Continuous Assessment Students? attendance and participation in classes (p.c.): 10.0% Mini Tests: 20.0% Exam: 70.0%
Bibliography of reference
1. R. Chang, Chemistry, 8th Ed., McGraw-Hill (New York, 2004);
2. P. Atkins and L. Jones, Chemical Principles: the quest for insight, 5th Ed., Freeman (New York, 2010).
Teaching is based on lectures, encouraging student participation and discussion of topics, and exercise-solving classes aimed at analysing and obtaining the solution for problems, while encouraging, once again, the participation of students, now gathered in smaller groups.