Chemistry - (9 cfu)

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The students will be prepared to give the correct and deep understanding of the fundamental mechanisms which govern the chemical transformation of matter in the main fields of interest of the civil engineering.


Introduction. Elements and compounds. Chemical and physical phenomena. Systems. Main physical units. The SI system. Mixtures and compounds. Determination of the atomic masses.

The structure of the matter. Fundamental particles of the atom. Atomic number. Mass number. Isotopes. Atomic mass. Mass spectrometry. The concept of mole. The defect of mass. Exercises.

Stoicheiometry. Chemical formulas. Molar mass. Chemical equations and their balance. Calculations of the masses or reagents and products. Limiting reagent. Calculations of the % from the formula and viceversa.

The origin of the quantum theory. Electromagnetic radiations and atomic spectra. The hypothesis of Planck. The Hydrogen atom according Bohr. Electronic transitions in the hydrogen atom and frequencies of its spectrum. The wave-particle dualism of the electron. The Heisenber principle. The Schroedinger equation. Quantum numbers. Orbitals and their limiting surfaces. The spin of the eclectron.

The atoms in the periodic system. The Aufbau method. The Pauli’s principle and the Hund’s rule. Electronic configurations. Periods, groups, transition series. Periodic properties and types of elements.

Chemical bond. The ionic bond. The covalent bond according to the V.B. theory. The Lewis formulas. The octet rule and its limits. The molecular geometry according to the VSEPR theory: exercises. The resonance. Electronegativity as a periodic property. The polar covalent bond. The dipole moment and the % of ionic character. Exaples of polar molecules. The V.B. method. Ionic-covalent resonance. The electronegativity according to Mulliken and to Pauling.. Hybrid orbitals sp, sp2, sp3. Benzene and its resonance formulas. The hydrogen bond. Intermolecular forces of van der Waals. The metal bond. Conductrors. Insulators and semiconductors.

Chemical nomenclature and reactivity. Oxydation number (definition and rules for). The balance of a redox reaction. Main oxidant and reducing agents. The nomenclature of the binary compounds. The nomenclature of ions. Ionic hydrides. Covalent hydrides. Hydracids. Ionic oxides. Covalent oxydes. Hydroxides. Oxoacids. Salts.

The gases. Ideal gases. The state equation. Exercises. Partial pressure and partial volume. The Maxwell’ s distribution of the molecular velocities. The Graham’s law. Real gases. The van der Waals’ s equation. The Joule-Thomson’s effect.

Thermodynamics. Introduction. The state of a system. Variables and state functions. Reversible and irreversible transformations. The First Law. Henthalpy. Molar heats Cv e Cp. Entropy. The Second Law. Entropy and statistic. The entropy change in an isolated system. The Third Law. Thermochemistry: the Lavoisier-Laplace’s law. The Hess’s law. Examples. Standard hentalpies. Standard entropies. Bond energies and heat of a reaction. Helmoltz’s and Gibbs’s free energies. Exercises.

The liquids. Introduction. Liquefaction of gases. The liquid-gas equilibrium. The vapor pressure. Boiling point. Solid-vapor equilibrium. Solid-liquid equilibrium. The phase diagrams of H2O e CO2. Exercises.

The solid state. General properties. The crystal lattice and the unit cell. Symmetry elements. Crystallographic classes. Crystal systems and Bravais lattices. Calculation of the unit cell volume from the density and viceversa. Crystal packing. Ionic crystals. Covalent crystals. Metal crystals. Molecular crystals. Polimorphism. Liquid crystals.

The solutions. Definitions. Electrolitic and non-electrolitic solutions. Hentalpy of an electrolitic solution: the Born-Haber’s Cycle. The calculation of the concentrations of a solution. Ideal solutions. Vapor pressure of a solution. The Raoult’s law. The colligative properties. The van’t Hoff’s coefficient. Exercises.

Chemical equilibrium. Equilibrium reactions. The chemical potential. The equilibrium constants equilibrio Kp and Kc. Relation between Kp e Kc. Homogeneus and heterogeneus equilibria. Changes in the equilibrium as a function of c, p, T. The Le Chatelier-Braun’s principle. Excercises.

Phase equilibria. Definition of a phase. The Gibbs’ s rule. The phase diagram of water and the rule of phases. The state diagram of sulfur. Binary systems: liquid-gas for ideal and non-ideal solutions. Fractional distillation. Binary systems: solid-liquid: the eutectic. Binary systems: formation of solid solutions. Freezing mixtures. Alloys.

The solubility equilibria. The solubility product. Acid and bases according to BrØnsted and Lowry and Lewis. The strengths of the acids and the bases. pKa e pKb. pH e pOH. The ionic product of water. Hydrolisis. PH indicators. Buffer solutions. Exercises.

Electrochemistry a) Galvanic cells. The Daniell cell. Freee energy ad electric work. Single-Electrode Potential. The Nernst equation. Applications of the Single-Electrode Potentials. Prediction of redox reactions. Corrosion processes. Combustion cells. Lead batteries. Determination of pH with potentiometric methods. Exercises

Electrochemistry b) Electrolytic cells. The phenomenon of electrolysis. Potenziale di soglia. Sovratensione. Faraday laws. Electrolythic copper refinement. Electrolysis of aqueous solutions: HCl, NaCl. Active and passive protections against corrosion.

Kinetics of reaction. Kinetics and its expression. Elemental reactions. The activated-complex theory. Dependence of the kinetics fom: a) Temperature, b) radiations c). Catalysis.

Organic Chemistry. Alkanes, alkenes, alkines. Cyclic hydrocarbons. Aromatic hydrocarbons. Polymers. Alchools. Ethers, Aldehydes. Ketons. Carboxylic acids. Esters. Amines. Aminoacids.

Inorganic Chemistry. Structures of silicates. Chemical properties of the elements of the groups 1 and 2.

Attività d'esercitazione

In the course specific exercices and applications will prompt the students to learn about the quantitative aspects of the theorethical priciples.

Modalità d'esame

The examination will begin with a test in written form and typically based on exercises. Only .the students able to solve the exercises proposed in the text will be admitted to the oral examination


None. However it is warmly requested a good knowledge of the fundamental Mathematics and of the fundamental principle of Physics..

Testi consigliati

General Chemistry, Second Edition, P. W. Atkins, J. A. Beran.

Ultimo aggiornamento: 17-12-2003

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