The primary goal is to provide a solid foundation in the basics concepts and facts of chemistry, particularly those needed for a successful understanding of other subjects for which chemistry is a prerequisite. The general chemistry course must also give the student an appreciation of the importance of chemistry to society in general and to daily life in particular and show the role of chemistry in preservation of the cultural heritage.
Expected learning outcomes
Fundamental chemical concepts for conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Structure of matter: Atomic structure. Atomic and molecular weights. Isotopes. Radioactivity. Quantitative chemical relationships. Stoichiometric calculus. Atomic structure: Bohr's atomic model. Heisenberg's principle. On Schrödinger equation. The "aufbau" principle and the periodic table. The Chemical bond: Ionic bonds. VSEPR Theory. The Covalent bond. Polarity of molecules. The Hydrogen bond and the weak interactions. Lattice energy, hydration energy and solubility. Ionic, molecular and van der Waals crystals. The chemical equilibrium. Le Chatelier's principle. Equilibrium constants. Acid-Base reactions: Acids and bases (Arrhenius, Broensted, Lewis theories). pH. Acid-base titrations. Coordination compounds. Redox reactions. Thermodynamic functions and chemical equilibrium. Electrochemistry: Cell potentials.Chemical kinetics: Rates of chemical reactions, Arrhenius's law. Catalysts.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of basic mathematics and physics concepts.
Frontal teaching. The lecture slides are provided at the end of each lessons on the Ariel website.
The exam is a written test. Questions are both theoretical and practical (stoichiometry problems). The exam generally lasts 2h 30 min and is evaluated in marks out of 30. A scientific calculator is required.