Aim of the course is to give the fundamental knowledge in order to understand and apply the concepts of general and inorganic chemistry, with particular regard to the study of matter in its different aggregation states and to the study of chemical transformations (chemical reactions). The knowledge acquired by the student will be used by the student in the subsequent courses containing chemical-physic concepts. The practice activity (stoichiometry and laboratory) will be aimed at practicing the student with qualitative and quantitative analysis, by using all the concepts acquired during the frontal lessons.
Course contents summary
Atomic theory basis. Chemical bond, from atoms to molecules. Thermodynamic and equilibrium. States of matter (gaseous, liquid and solid). Phase transitions and phase equilibrium. Solution properties. Behaviour of acids, bases and salts in acqueous solutions. pH of acqueous solutions. Electrochemistry. Kinetic. Brief outlines of organic chemistry.
Class lectures, class practices (stoichiometry) and, when possible, laboratory practices. The stoichiometry practices will be devoted to chemical reactions, concentration of solutions, pH of acqueous solutions. The laboratory practices will be carried out individually with the aim of evidencing some phenomenon described during the frontal lessons.
Assessment methods and criteria
The student should be able to explain the concepts acquired during the course by using an appropriate language and by connecting the different chapters of the program properly. The examination will be constituted by a written test (some questions dealing with the fundamental aspects of the program and some stoichiometry exercises). The student will be admitted to the oral examination only after having passed the written examination.