Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2019/2020

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Describe the general characteristics of elements, molecules, and chemical reactions relevant to biology.



• Chemistry: Methods and Measurement

• The Scientific Method and the Numbers of Measurement

• Significant Figures

• Recognition of Significant Figures

• Scientific Notation

• Accuracy and Precision

• Rounding Numbers

• Significant Figures in Calculation of Results

The Matter

• States of Matter

• Composition of Matter

• Physical Properties and Physical Change

• Chemical Properties and Chemical Change

• Intensive and Extensive Properties

The Structure of the Atom and the Periodic Table

• Composition of the Atom (Electrons, Protons, and Neutrons)

• Isotopes

• Development of Atomic Theory

• Dalton’s Theory

• The Bohr Atom

• Modern Atomic Theory

• The Periodic Law and the Periodic Table

• Electron Arrangement and the Periodic Table

• The Quantum Mechanical Atom

• Principal Energy Levels, Sublevels, and Orbitals

• Electron Configurations

• Valence Electrons and the Octet Rule

• Ion Formation and the Octet Rule

• Atomic and Ion Size

• Ionization Energy

• Electron Affinity

Structure and Properties of Ionic and Covalent Compounds

• Chemical Bonding

• Naming Compounds and Writing Formulas of Compounds

• Properties of Ionic and Covalent Compounds

• Drawing Lewis Structures of Molecules and Polyatomic Ions

• Properties Based on Molecular Geometry and Intermolecular Forces

Calculations, Chemical Changes, and the Chemical Equation

• The Mole Concept and Atoms

• The Chemical Formula, Formula Mass, and Molar Mass

• The Chemical Equation and the Information It Conveys

• Balancing Chemical Equations

• Precipitation Reactions

• Net Ionic Equations

• Acid-Base Reactions

• Oxidation-Reduction Reactions

• Calculations Using the Chemical Equation

States of Matter: Gases, Liquids, and Solids

• The Gaseous State

• The liquid state

• The solid state

Solutions and Colligative Properties

• Properties of Solutions

• Concentration Based on Mass

• Concentration Based on Moles

• Concentration-Dependent Solution Properties

• Aqueous Solutions

Energy, Rate, and Equilibrium

• Thermodynamics

• Experimental Determination of Energy Change in Reactions

• Kinetics

• Equilibrium

Acids and Base

• Acid and Base Theories 271

• A Measurement Scale for Acids and Bases

• Reactions between Acids and Bases 284

• Acid-Base Buffers

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

• An Introduction to Organic Chemistry: The Saturated Hydrocarbons

• The Unsaturated Hydrocarbons: Alkenes, Alkynes, and Aromatics

• Alcohols, Phenols, Thiols, and Ethers

• Aldehydes and Ketones

• Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives

• Amines and Amides


K.J. Denniston, J.J. Topping, R.L. Caret Ed. McGraw-Hill

Materiale didattico fornito dal docente e reperibile presso Insegnamenti online - Supporto online alla didattica (https://iol.unibo.it/ ).

Metodi didattici

Traditional lecture-based teaching based on Power Point presentations.

Attendance to learning activities is mandatory; the minimum attendance requirement to be admitted to the final exam is 66% of lessons. This teaching is a part of the Chemistry and Bichemistry Integrated Course (IC), therefore the 66% attendance requirement refers to the total amount of IC lessons. Students who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement will not be admitted to the final exam of the course, and will have to attend relevant classes again during the next academic year.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The assessment of the course contents is based on a final examination only; no midterm exams are scheduled. The final examination consists of a single written exam, having a maximum duration of three hours.

During the examination, only the use of ordinary stationery (i.e., pencils, pens, rubber, rulers, etc.) and of a calculator is allowed. The periodic table (which sample copy is available on AMS Campus) and any other supplementary material will be directly attached to the exam papers. During the examination, students are not allowed to leave the classroom, unless they accept to definitively deliver all their exam papers and do not enter the classroom anymore. During the exam, the presence of electronic devices, other than a simple watch and the aforementioned calculator, is strictly forbidden.

In order to take the exam, students must sign up through AlmaEsami within the indicated deadlines. All the activities associated to the “Biochemistry Laboratory” must be completed and approved, before considering to take the exam. During the examination, students must have an ID document and their university badge.

The overall exam score is 34.00 points, equally divided in 17.00 points for the “Chemistry” part and 17.00 points for the “Biochemistry” one. Each single written exam will include both the “Chemistry” and the “Biochemistry” part and cannot be split.

The exam is passed by achieving at least 9.00 points (out of 17.00) in both parts. The final mark is calculated by summing the points obtained in both the above mentioned parts and rounding it to the nearest integer.


  • Chemistry: 10.50 pts + Biochemistry: 8.50 pts
    ---> FAILED
  • Chemistry: 11.00 pts + Biochemistry: 13.75 pts
    ---> 24.75 pts ---> PASSED WITH 25/30.

If a student obtains an overall score of 31 points or more, 30L is assigned.

The exam results will be published online on AlmaEsami. If the exam is passed, the associated mark will be officially registered only after the student's confirmation to be sent to the integrated course coordinator (i.e., Prof. Michele Di Foggia, michele.difoggia2@unibo.it), using the student institutional email (e.g., name.surname@studio.unibo.it).

The registration of a successful examination is permitted no later than 6 months from the date of the exam; after this deadline, the result achieved and not confirmed will expire.

If a student decides to take the exam again, regardless of the associated outcome, the result obtained in the previous examination will automatically be cancelled. The exam can be repeated at any exam session.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

All the lectures will be supported by PowerPoint presentations, downloadable from iol.unibo [https://iol.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=27988] before the beginning of each lecture.

Samples of the written exam (with solutions) will also be uploaded on iol.unibo [https://iol.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=27988] together with other files containing similar questions and/or exercises.

Orario di ricevimento

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