Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide the fundamental concepts necessary to undertake the study of chemistry as a basic discipline. In particular, it will address the basic concepts of the discipline, such as: the structure of the matter, energy processes that govern it, interactions between molecules and reactivity of the molecules.
is treated the acquisition of a language formally correct, is stimulated the ability to express the content of the concepts in a clear and straightforward way, are highlighted connections between different parts of the course and how they contribute to the overall understanding of the system.
Application of knowledge:
the course provides the tools to interpret in a rational way the molecular composition of foods and the role that the different components play. Stimulates the student's understanding of events that had previously been addressed only in a phenomenological way.
Basic math and physical knowledge are desired.
Course contents summary
Content: The module of General and Inorganic Chemistry is designed to provide the fundamental concepts necessary to undertake the study of chemistry as a basic discipline. During the course, aspects of the structure of chemical compounds and rationalization at kinetic and thermodynamic level of chemical process are addressed. Particular attention is then given to the concepts of acidity and basicity also in relation to the periodic table. The module of Organic Chemistry, by exploiting the fundamental concepts provided in the first part of the course deals with the study of the reactivity of functional groups and polyfunctional molecules. In particular, discusses the issues that are most important for the Agrifood sector as the functional groups: alcohols, ethers, amines, esters, amides, hemiacetals, acetals, amino acids, which are essential to the functionality of food. To better understand the fundamental concepts, practical examples, where these concepts are applied, are taken into account.
Part One (General and Inorganic Chemistry)
- The matter, atoms and molecules. Structure of atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, atomic number, atomic weight. Atomic orbitals, electron distribution. Periodic properties: ionization energy, electron affinity, atomic radius. Ions.
- The chemical bond. Molecular orbital and valence bond theory. Hybrid orbitals. Lewis structures of neutral and ionic molecules, formal charges, resonance structures. Radicals. Properties of covalent bonds. Polarized covalent bonds and polarity. Ionic bonds.
- Chemical formulas and oxidation numbers. The most common inorganic compounds and their nomenclature: oxides, anhydrides, acids, bases, salts. The mole and its use in the calculations, density, percentage composition.
- Chemical reactions. Lavoisier's law, stoichiometric balance of the masses. Limiting reagent, introduction to the chemical equilibrium, yield of reaction. Reactions in aqueous solution, solvation, soluble and insoluble compounds. Reactions of double exchange, net ionic equations. Acids and bases according to Arrenhius and Brønsted, acid-base reactions, displacement reactions. Redox reactions and their balance.
- Thermodynamics. The forms of energy. First law of thermodynamics, enthalpy, heat of reaction. Entropy, second law of thermodynamics. Gibbs free energy
- Matter states. Gaseous state, Boyle's Law, Charles Law, state equation of ideal gases. Liquid state, intermolecular interactions, vapor pressure, boiling point, viscosity. Solid state, crystalline and amorphous solids. Phase changes and phase diagrams.
- Solutions. Dispersed phases: emulsions and suspensions, emulsifiers. Methods for measuring the concentration of the solutions: percent, molarity, molality. Solubility, temperature dependence. Multi-component mixtures and solutions: Raoult's law and Henry's law. Colligative properties: ebullioscopic raising and freezing lowering, osmosis.
- Chemical equilibrium. Equilibrium constants, equilibrium perturbation, Le Chatelier's law.
- Acid-base reactions. Definition of acidity and alkalinity according to Arrenhius and Brønsted-Lowry. Ionic product of water, pH. Strength of acids and bases, strong and weak acids and bases, Ka and Kb, pH of solutions of strong acids and bases. Estimation of pH of solutions of weak acids and bases. Basic and acid hydrolysis of salts, buffer solutions.
- Kinetics. Reaction rate, rate law. Effect of temperature, concentration, the collision theory. Arrenhius equation. Catalysts.
Part Two (Organic Chemistry)
- Organic compounds. Carbon hybridization, functional groups, common classes of organic molecules.
- Alkanes: structure, nomenclature, physical and chemical properties, conformations. Cycloalkanes. Reactivity of the CH bond: combustion, autooxidation, halogenation. Carbon radicals. Number of oxidation of organic compounds. Alogenoalkanes.
- Carboxylic acids: structure, nomenclature, acid properties. Amines: structure, nomenclature, base properties. Amino acids: acid-base properties, isoelectric point.
- Chirality. Relative and absolute configuration. Diastereoisomers, enantiomers.
- Alcohols: structure, nomenclature, physical and chemical properties, reactivity. The concepts of nucleophile and electrophile. Nucleophilic substitution reactions, Sn1 and Sn2 mechanisms. Carbocations. Elimination reactions, E1 and E2 mechanisms. Ethers. Thiols. Sulphides.
- Alkenes, structure, nomenclature and properties. Isomerism. Hydrogenation of the double bond. Mechanism of electrophilic addition to double bonds: addition of halogenhydric acid, water, halogens. Polymerization, synthetic and natural polymers. Dienes, the effects of conjugation. Alkynes.
- Aromatic compounds, aromaticity and Hückel rules. Heteroaromatic. Phenols and aromatic amines.
- Derivatives of carboxylic acids. Mechanism of nucleophilic acyl substitution. Esters: nomenclature and
Masterton, Hurley: Chemistry, principles and reactions. Publisher Piccin Padua;
Brown, Poon: Introduction to Organic Chemistry. Publisher EDISES Naples
The course consists of 63 hours of lectures and 15 hours of tutorials. During the hours of lectures, students are guided to the understanding of the basic concepts and applications of General and Organic Chemistry. After each set of arguments are scheduled classroom exercises with the aim of allowing the student to assess their level of understanding of the subject. For this purpose, the proposed problems are discussed in cooperation with the students.
Assessment methods and criteria
During the course, session of exercises are scheduled followed by discussion with students to assess the degree of understanding of the concepts treated and their ability to assimilate them. In particular, it is evaluated as and if they are able to perceive the concept by asking them specific questions that solicit their participation in the definition of the topic in discussion (to check the ability to understand).
At the end of the course are scheduled tutorial's exercise sessions where real problems are proposed to test students' skills (one of which is required to come to the desk to solve the problem with the help of colleagues at the banks) to solve concrete problems (ability to apply knowledge in a context different from the theoretical part).
The final exam consists of a written test containing a series of problems that are proposed to the solution of the students. After passing the written test (with a vote which must be greater than 16/30), there is a discussion of the written part taking into account the critical points of the test. During this discussion will be tested student's ability to understand the mistakes made and the degree of understanding of the concepts used. The final mark will be the average between the two tests.
The educational material is provided to students at the beginning of the course.
The teacher remains with the students for clarification and discussion at the end of the lesson and is available to provide further explanation, by appointment.