Academic Year 2017/2018 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 16
Scientific field: CHIM/03 - General and inorganic chemistry
Taught classes: 63 hours
Laboratories: 84 hours
Term / Semester: 1° and 2°

Learning Objectives

  • Module I

    The course is aimed to learn the basic concepts of general chemistry and stoichiometry.

  • Module II

    To give a basic knowledge of Inorganic Chemistry with particular attention on the elements of the s an p groups and to integrate the basic concepts of foudamental chemistry with specific arguments (structure of solids, solubility equilibrium and electrochemistry).

    This module which is organized through lectures(3 CFU), exercises and lab practice (3CFU) gives the needed information to understand the chemical behaviour of some simple inorganic systems

Detailed Course Content

  • Module I

    1. Composition of matter and chemical reactions: balance of chemical reactions and stoichiometry

    2. The atomic theory: first atomic models, modern atomic theory, electron configuration of atoms, the periodic table of elements

    3. The chemical bonding: the Lewis structures, the covalent bond: valence bond and molecular orbital models

    4. Thermochemistry and principles of thermodynamics

    5. Aggregation states of the matter: Gases and their properties; Intermolecular forces: liquids and solids

    6. Solutions and their properties

    7. Chemical kinetics

    8. Principles of the chemical equilibrium

    9. Acids and bases

    10. Chemical laboratory: Synthesis of some simple oxides, crystallization techniques, acid-base titrations.

  • Module II

    Theoretical lessons (3 CFU)


    · Basic on the electrochemical cells. Conductors of I and II species. Voltaic cells. Galvanic semielements. Hydrogen electrodes and standard electrode. Electrochemcal series. Free energy and electrical work. Nerst law. Electrochemical cells. Electrochemistry products and Faraday laws.

    Chemical bond and structure of solids

    • Classification of solids. Ionic and covalent solids.Ionic bond: lattice energy and Madelung constant. Structure of solids: amorphous and crystalline solids. Structures and properties of metals.

    Salt solubility in water

    · Solubility. Energy of the solubility process. Low solubility salt. Solubility equilibrium and solubility product.

    Chemistry of s-p elements

    • Introduction to the elements and periodic properties. Main groups: Hydrogen and groups 1°-2° and 13°-18°. General characteristics of the elements of the main groups. Natural abudance. Reactivity of the elements. Preparation methods. Compounds with hydrogen, oxygen and alogens. Salts and other compounds

    Preliminary notions on transition metals and coordination compounds



    Exercise and Lab practice (3 CFU)

    - Applications of the Nerst low and calcule of the f.e.m. pH effects..

    -Application of the Faraday law.

    -Exercises on solubility equilibrioum. Effect of common ions. Effects of the pH


    Laboratoy practice :

    • preparation of Daniel cell and concentration effects.

    • Water electrolisis and Faraday law

    • Preparation ofKNO3 (salnitro)

    • Determination of the solubility product of CaSO4×2H2O

    • Recognition and separation of the anions of the 2° group

    • Recognition of the following anions CO32-, Cl-, Br-and I-

    • Preparaation of the sylver-amonia complex and detemination of the complexation constant.

Textbook Information

  • Module I

    1. Slides of lessons:

    2 R. H. Petrucci, F. G. Herring, J. D. Madura, C. Bissonnette "General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications", 11th Edition, Pearson

    3. J. Kotz, P. M. Treichel, J. R. Townsend “Chimica”, EdiSES

    4. A cura di M. Speranza “Chimica Generale e Inorganica”, edi-ermes

    5. Michelin Lausarot P.; Vaglio G. A., “Fondamenti di Stechiometria”

  • Module II

    •1. On-line slides :

    •2 Bertini, Luchinat, Mani «Chimica Inorganica» Ambrosiana

    •3. John Kotz, Paul M. Treichel, John R. Townsend “Chimica”, EdiSES

    •4. Petrucci, Harwood, Herring, “Chimica Generale”, Piccin

    •5. A cura di M. Speranza “Chimica Generale e Inorganica”, edi-ermes”