The objective of this course is to give students the basic concepts for understanding the structure and properties of Matter and the way elements and compounds combines to yield new compounds. In particular I propose two units: Unit 1 - knowledge about atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions using balanced chemical equations, quantitative study of reactants and products with mole method and limiting reagent. Unit 2 - Knowledge about aqueous solutions: weak acid and weak bases and their ionization constants, buffer solutions, acid-base titrations, salt hydrolysis and redox reactions.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire the language and basic knowledge necessary to their training. The course provides the students with an important background to understand the molecular basis of their following studies. Unit 1 - Students would be able to name substances using IUPAC nomenclature, to draw molecular structures and to determine the molecular geometry of inorganic compounds, to balance chemical equations and to calculate the yield of processes by mole method. Unit 2 - Students would be able to calculate the pH of different aqueous solution. Students would be able to balance redox reactions using the half-reaction method and to calculate the voltage in a galvanic cell using Nerst equation.