Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING
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Second semester
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Course description

The course aims to give the students the essential knowledge to investigate the chemical processes involved in the different fields of engineering. The course of Chemistry therefore aims to provide the student with the basic knowledge of the structure of matter, chemical bond and principles that regulate chemical equilibrium in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems with particular attention to aqueous reactions. In addition, basic knowledge of the chemical properties of the main elements of the periodic system and their major compounds is provided. The course aims to provide students with the tools to learn about chemical matter and chemical transformations as well as to transmit the ability to describe chemical phenomena through an appropriate scientific language.

Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student will have integrated his knowledge about natural phenomena governing the transformation of matter, will have a complete overview of the laws governing the structure of atoms, molecules and compounds; know the theoretical reasons that are at the basis of the energy balance during the transformations of matter, will know how to obtain electrical work by processes of redox transformations.

Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student will have developed the ability to understand some physical and chemical characteristics of the substances, such as state of aggregation and volatility, hardness and fragility based on the knowledge of their structure. He will know how to quantify spontaneity of chemical and electrochemical processes and quantify the mass and energy balance during these transformations.

Making judgements
By the end of the course, the student should be able to evaluate, with critical mind, the experimental measurements of chemical reactions

Communication skills
By the end of the course, the student must be able to explain chemical phenomena through the use of an appropriate scientific language. It must also acquire the ability to explain to not expert people the basics of material property / structure relationships, its transformations and applications to simple systems of everyday life.

Learning skills
Students should be able to continuously update themselves from texts or scientific articles, or by participating in seminars and conferences, thanks to the learning tools, curiosity and critical judgment gained by the individual elaboration of acquired knowledge and skills.


Basic knowledge of science programs in upper secondary education. In addition, knowledge of basic mathematical elements is needed. In particular, it is necessary to be able to solve first order, second order, logarithmic and exponential equations.


The matter and its properties. Classification of matter: elements, atoms, molecules, compounds. (2 hours)
Atomic structure. The electromagnetic radiation. Atomic models. The shape of atomic orbitals. Electronic configuration of atoms and chemical periodical. Periodic trends in the size of atoms, of the ionization energy, electronic affinity and electronegativity. (6 hours)
Atoms and elements. The molar mass. The mole. The balanced chemical equation: stoichiometric relationships. The limiting reagent in a chemical reaction. Stoichiometry (2 hours + 4 hours exercises)
The chemical bond. The valence electrons. The ionic bond. The covalent bonds and Lewis structures. The polarity of the bond. Molecular geometry. Hybridization. VSEPR theory. Nomenclature of inorganic compounds. Metallic bond. (6 hours + 6 hours exercises)
The gaseous state. Pressure and temperature of the gas. The ideal gas law. Gaseous mixtures. The distribution of molecular speed. Real gases: Van der Waals equation. (2 hours + 4 hours exercises)
Condensed phases. Intermolecular forces. Hydrogen bond. Liquid state. Solid state: ionic solids, covalent solids, metallic solids, molecular solids. The phase diagrams. (2 hours)
Thermochemistry. State functions. The principles of thermodynamics. Free energy and spontaneity of reactions. (2 hours)
The solutions. Factors affecting solubility: pressure and temperature. Quantitative expressions of concentration. Properties of solutions. Raoult’s law. Colligative properties. (4 hours + 6 hours exercises)
The chemical balance. Chemical kinetics. Chemical equilibrium. The law of mass action: equilibrium constant. Relation between Kc and Kp. Le Chatelier's principle. The parameters that can influence the equilibrium conditions. (6 hours + 6 hours exercises)
Equilibria in aqueous solution. Definition of acid and base. Monoprotic acids and bases in water. Water autoionization. Strength of acids and bases. The pH. The neutralization. Hydrolysis reactions. Problems that involve heterogeneous equilibria (solubility product). (6 hours + 6 hours exercises)
Electrochemistry. Balancing redox reactions. Galvanic cells. Dry batteries. Electrolytic cells. (2 hours)

Teaching Methods


Brown, Lemay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, FONDAMENTI DI CHIMICA (terza edizione), Casa ed. EDISES, Napoli.
Giannoccaro, Doronzo, ELEMENTI DI STECHIOMETRIA, Casa ed. EDISES, Napoli.
Brown, T. L. . E. A., LeMay, J. H. E., Bursten, B. E., Woodward, P. M., Murphy, C. J., & Brown, T. L. (2012). Chemistry : the central science - 12th Edition. (12th ed. ed.) Upper, Saddle, River, Nj: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Lecture notes by the professor available on the website ingegneria.uniparthenope.it

Learning assessment

Written and oral examination. The written test addresses the resolution of stoichiometric problems. Use of PC or smartphone is forbidden. The written examination consists of 5 exercises for which the student has two hours available. It is allowed to use the periodic table and the scientific calculator. During the course two intermediate written tests are scheduled, which mainly concern with the numerical aspects of the topics discussed up to that point. In the event that the two test results exceeds 18/30, the student is exempted from carrying out the final written test.
The oral test consists of a discussion on the theoretical aspects of general and inorganic chemistry. The student must demonstrate the full understanding of the topics dealt with, which must be clearly demonstrated through an appropriate scientific language. From the verification of that capacity comes the final vote.

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