Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Scienze
A.A. 2016/2017
Credits 6
Hours 48
Period 1^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code ST03 3S428


Basic knowledge of mathematics and physics.

Development of the course

Theoretical lectures are planned (5 credits, 40 hours) and stoichiometric and  laboratory exercises in the classroom (1 credits, 8 hours). At the front course, it is flanked a teaching support with educational materials, instructions for stoichiometric and  laboratory exercises and preparation of examination tasks.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be aware of the main theoretical and experimental aspects of chemistry, with respect to both the structure of matter and its transformations with a special focus environmental applications and implications. The rigorous discussion of the items will be constantly accompanied by numerical applications in order to make clear the experimental nature of Chemistry. The student will be gradually addressed during the course, which includes numerical exercises, to acquire the basic language and the ability to solve chemical problems through the application of the basic concepts.

Ability to apply the knowledge:
The teaching program, in particular, focuses on the relationship between the atomic structure of the elements, periodic table, and the nature and properties of elements, as well as on the numerical solution of chemical problems, and on the principles of equilibria in aqueous solution, the acid-base properties, the pH of the solutions, foundations indispensable for the understanding of the teachings for which the general chemistry is preliminary. The information acquired from the course must therefore be applied to the normal laboratory practice, such as the preparation of a known titrate solutions or dilute acid or basic solutions, and buffers.  The student will also be able to know how to identify the most appropriate procedure for solving some stoichiometric chemical problems that will be proposed during the course.


Introduction to chemistry. Atomic theory. Atomic mass unit and mole. Introduction to quantum chemistry theory: Atomic structure and Orbitals . Electronic configuration. Periodic table of elements. Nomenclature. Chemical bond. Oxidation number. Chemical reactions. Molecular geometry. Valence bond and molecular orbitals theories. Gas phase. Solid and liquid phases. Thermodynamic and Thermochemistry. Kinetic theory. Physical equilibria. solutions. Chemical equilibria. Acids and bases. Ionic equilibria in solution. Electrochemistry.

Development of the examination

Methods for assessing learning outcomes:
The evaluation consists of a written test on the topics covered in class containing multiple choice questions including also structure of chemical compounds and nomenclature (n. 13-17) and n. 3-5 stoichiometry exercises. The written test is passed when the final grade is equal or greater than 18.

Criteria for assessing learning outcomes: 
In the written test, the student must demonstrate knowledge of principles and methods of general chemistry. In addition, a particular emphasis will be reserved to the acquisition of knowledge in the prediction of structures, molecular geometry and the equilibria in solution (acid-base and buffers). Ultimately, the student must demonstrate that they have achieved the ability to apply the knowledge acquired during the training for the purpose of simple stoichiometric problems, as well as the ability to independently prepare a test report.

Criteria for measuring learning outcomes:
The final mark is awarded out of thirty. The written text is passed when the grade is equal or greater than 18. It is expected to be awarded the highest marks with honors (30 cum laude).

Criteria for conferring final mark:
The final grade is awarded on the basis of the results reported in the two written tests of the Integrated Course. In the case of an oral integration, a maximum of two points may be added. Praise is attributed when the score obtained exceeds 30 and at the same time the student has demonstrated full mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading

M.S. Silberberg ,  Chimica,Ed.  McGraw Hill
P.Atkins, L. Jones, Principi di Chimica, Zanichelli
R. Breschi, A. Massagli, Stechiometria, Ed. Pellegrini.
Michelin Lausarot, Vaglio, Stechiometria per la Chimica generale, Ed. PICCIN

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