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Seminar in General Chemistry

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Course ID: 1200-1CHOGP1 Erasmus code / ISCED: 13.3 / (0531) Chemistry
Course title: Seminar in General Chemistry Name in Polish: Chemia ogólna - proseminarium
Department: Faculty of Chemistry
Course groups: (in Polish) Przedmioty minimum programowego dla studentów 1-go semestru (S1-CH)
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 4.50
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Language: Polish
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Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

Knowledge of chemistry at a high school level (symbols of chemical elements, notation of chemical equations, stoichiometric balances, simple calculations), elementary mathematical concepts (logarithmic/exponential function, function derivative)


(in Polish) w sali

Short description:

prof. dr hab. M.Orlik prof.UW (groups 1 - 6)

Broadening of knowledge acquired from the lectures in General Chemistry, in the area of fundamental chemical concepts, trends of the processes in Nature, electronic structure of atoms and molecules and properties of selected elements and their compounds


Prof. dr hab. P. Kulesza: (groups 9-11)

Capability to use the knowledge of electron configurations of atoms in order to predict properties of elements of main groups and of simple chemical compounds. Capability to illustrate thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of chemical reactions using respective plots. Capability to calculate heats of reactions, entropy and free energy changes in chemical reactions, equilibrium constants and the temperature dependence of equilibrium and rate constants

Full description:

The subject of this tutorial is strictly related to the program of the lecture in General Chemistry, given by Prof. Marek Orlik and covers the following main topics:

- construction of the chemical reaction equations

- calculations involving the gas laws

- calculations revealing the dynamics of particles at an atomic level

- thermochemical calculations, entropy changes, free Gibbs energy changes calculations

- interpretation of changes of free Gibbs energy as a criterion for the direction of the reaction course

- calculations of the system's composition in the equillibrium state

- basic concepts of chemical kinetics

- calculations related to the wave nature of matter and its consequences

- elementary knowledge of atomic orbitals

- electronic configurations of atoms and ions

- establishing of the structures of simple covalent molecules

- review ofproperties of selected elements and their compounds

The broadening of knowledge occurs through the more detailed presentation of selected problems, discussions and solving computational problems


Groups 8-13:

Seminar subjects are related to the content of lectures of General Chemistry given by prof. P. Kulesza and they include:

- stoichiometry of chemical reactions; gases, liquids and phase equilibria

- ionic equilibria in aqueous solutions, equilibrium constant

- subatomic and elemental particles, de Broglie's waves of matter

- Heisenberg principle, fundamentals of quantum mechanics, electron configurations of atoms and ions - molecular orbitals, sigma and pi bonds

- polar covalent bonds, ionic and metallic bonds

- molecular geometry of covalent compounds, VSEPR theory

- first law of thermodynamics: heats of reactions

- second law of thermodynamics: entropy

- Gibbs free energy and spontaneity of reactions

- chemical kinetics: rates of reactions, reaction order and activation energy

- chemical kinetics: reaction mechanism, catalysis

- ionic bonds and ionic crystals


see detailed description of the subject "General Chemistry" - lecture

Learning outcomes:

After completion of the course the student:

- understands the role and position of chemistry in the structure of exact and natural sciences and its contribution to the development of our civilization

- knows basic components of matter and their properties, knows properties of chemical elements based on periodic law, knows elementary quantum theory of atoms and molecules (qualitative orbit model). Knows fundamental concepts and laws of chemistry, symbols of the elements, chemical nomenclature and notation, knows and understands the notation of equations of chemical reactions.

- knows and understands fundamental consequences for the course of chemical reactions, derived from laws of thermodynamics, knows and understands fundamentals of physical chemistry in the area of thermodynamics and thermochemistry, as well as problems related to the state of chemical equilibrium, including the relevant mathematical formalism

- knows and understands fundamentals of physical chemistry in the area of chemical kinetics, including catalysis

- is able to apply laws of chemistry for the analysis of selected chemical problems

- is able to analyze problems from the area of inorganic chemistry, including geometrical and electrion structure of molecules. Is able to describe and explain fundamental types of chemical reactions and their mechanisms

- is convinced about the importance to behave in a professional manner and observes the professional ethical rules

- knows the scope of his/her knowledge and acquired abilities, understands the need to go up with professional and personal competences.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Mid-term written control tests including proseminars.

General requirements are given in the information about classes in the cycle, detailed, current requirements are sent to students before each colloquium. Each test consists of 5-6 open questions, requiring concise descriptive answers and / or solving accounting problems. The score for each task is visible on the question sheet. The final semester grade is based on the percentage of the total number of points obtained from 3 partial colloquia. Students with very good results from tests can be exempted from the General Chemistry exam with the appropriate grade and receive the same grade from the seminar. Students who fail to pass the course, take part in a re-sit session to one review re-colloquium from the entire material, the assessment of which results from partial grades for individual answers.

Due to the fact that the classes are compulsory, a maximum of two absences are allowed without an excuse, the greater number of absences requires documenting sick leaves and should not exceed 50% of the classes.

Practical placement:


Classes in period "Winter semester 2020/21" (past)

Time span: 2020-10-01 - 2021-01-31
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class: Proseminar, 45 hours more information
Coordinators: Paweł Kulesza, Marek Orlik
Group instructors: Beata Dembińska, Wojciech Hyk, Paweł Kulesza, Krzysztof Miecznikowski, Iwona Rutkowska, Olga Święch, Sylwia Żołądek
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