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General Chemistry

Prof. Bob Baker


Learning Objectives:

Students should gain an interest in and understanding of basic concepts in chemistry; application of chemical and physical units; understanding of the building principles of matter and the principle of the periodic table; basic understanding of different types of chemical bonds, balancing of chemical reactions, understanding of the characteristics of acid base reactions, precipitation reactions and redox reactions; very basic understanding of coordination compounds

Lecture 1:

Motivation for studying chemistry; physical states of chemical matter; classification of matter, physical and chemical properties of pure substances and mixtures; extensive and intensive properties; chemical analysis.

Lecture 2:

Measurements and units; the international system of units; derived units, the reliability of measurements and calculations; significant figures in simple calculations. 

Lecture 3:

Structure and building principles of atoms; element symbols; masses and the mole; introduction to the periodic table; brief introduction into the structure of the electron shell; ionisation energy and electron affinity.

Lecture 4:

Law of conversion of mass; law of definite composition; bonding in chemical substances; ionic bonding; covalent bonding; weak bonding; molecules and solid state structures; electronegativity; the periodic table.

Lecture 5:

Chemical nomenclature of inorganic compounds; stoichiometry; mole, molarity and concentration; interpreting stoichiometric coefficients; sample calculations.

Lecture 6:

Chemical reactions; symbolizing reactions; balancing equations; limiting reagents and yields; role of water in chemical reactions; important classes of chemical reactions; precipitation reactions; examples of precipitation reactions in chemistry net ionic equations.

Lecture 7:

Introduction to acid and base reactions; acid-base titration, introduction to oxidation and reduction reactions; oxidation number and electron transfer; oxidizing and reducing agents; half-reactions.

Lecture 8:

Oxidation and reduction reactions, electron transfer; oxidizing and reducing agents; half-equations; very brief introduction to coordination compounds (related to practical course)

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