General and inorganic chemistry

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course will give the student the fundamental bases of chemistry, aimed at understanding the structure, the properties as well as the reactivity of matter.
Expected learning outcomes
In this course the student will acquire the basic knowledge of chemistry, usefull not only for his scientific formation, but also for a profitable study of other chemically- and biochemically-oriented courses.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Inorganic compounds nomenclature; oxides, anhydrides, hydroxides, salts, hydrides, oxyacids. The atom structure and properties. Periodic table: properties
Electronic configurations, Structure of inorganic compounds, hybridization and molecular geometries. Intramolecular chemical bonds: covalent bonds, dative bond and ionic bond. Intermolecular interactions: Van der Wals, London and hydrogen bond.
Mole and Avogadro number
Chemical reactions: balance, stoichiometric calculations, limiting reagent
Aqueous solutions: molarity of a solution, dilutions
Chemical equilibrium - Le Chatelier principle - calculation of the constant by means of equilibrium concentrations (Kc). Strong acids-strong bases, weak acids-weak bases
The ionic product of the water-pH scale. PH indicators
Buffer solutions. Hydrolysis reaction. Acid-base titrations
The enthalpy and the spontaneity of a process
Oxidation states and oxidation-reduction reactions: balancing of equations with the half-reactions method.
Redox potentials. Nernst equation and galvanic cells
Prerequisites for admission
Being a basic course, there are no prerequisites other than the knowledge acquired during high school.
Teaching methods
Lectures, exercises and slides projection in classroom and the use of the Kahoot program on tablets or smartphones. Before each ongoing test, a simulation will be performed in the classroom through the resolution of exercises by the teacher.
Teaching Resources
text book: J.C. Kotz, P.M. Treichel, J.R. Townsend "Chimica" V Edition, EdiSES. Notes from lessons, textes and solutions of exam texts are available at
Alternatively we recommend the use of any other general chemistry text as long as it is university
Assessment methods and Criteria
During the General and Inorganic Chemistry course, two written tests are scheduled; the first will take place halfway through the course, the second, the first week after the end of the course. Only students who have passed the first test with a mark greater than or equal to 18 can access the second test. To pass the exam, both tests must be sufficient, i.e. each passed with a mark greater than or equal to 18. The final mark will consist of the mathematics average of the two marks obtained in each ongoing test. Oral interview is not carried out. The ongoing tests are not mandatory and require registration. The typology of exam tasks consists of a variable number of exercises according to the examples shown during the classroom exercises. For those who do not pass the ongoing tests and for those who decide a priori not to participate, the exam will consist of a single written test on the dates set within each exam session. The single test will consist of a variable number of exercises on the entire program.
Practicals: 24 hours
Lessons: 36 hours