General Chemistry

Prof. Gábor I. Csonka




2012 Fall semester

First classes:                            4 September 
Last classes:                            9 December

Classes: 8:15-10:00  Tue and Wed, at CH/computer room

Holidays                                 6 Sepetember - Sport

                                                14 November (Student's scientific meeting)

Examination period:                  17 December to 22 January (No exams between 22 December  and 2 January)

Exams: Dec. 19, Jan. 9 and 23, at 9:30 in the CH/104

Written part: 60 min. 2 questions arranged by topics # (1-12, 12-21), max. 50 points each, max. total 100, minimum 25 points to pass from each questions.
better than 85%: excellent
75% - 84%: good
60% -74% : average
50%-59%: pass
below 33% no oral exam is possible, failed.

Oral part: 20 min.: reserved for students who obtained better than 33% from the previous written part and want to improve.




Chapters on the web Summary Web resources
Chapter 1: Matter-Its Properties and Measurement
Chapter 2: Atoms and the Atomic Theory
Chapter 3: Chemical Compounds
1. Matter
2. Atoms
3. Compounds
 Radioactive radiation
  Rutherford experiment - atomic nucleus
 Cathode ray (electron)   electronic, magnetic and electromagnetic 
Matter classification
The Segré chart  neutron number vs proton number.
a fully interactive Segré chart

NIST relative atomic masses of all isotopes and the standard atomic weights of the elements

IUPAC Definition of Atomic Mass
IUPAC Definition of Relative Atomic Mass
IUPAC Definition of Standard Atomic Weight
Further reading: atomic mass
Kotz Movies 2
Kotz Movies 3
Chapter 4: Chemical Reactions
Chapter 5: Introduction to Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
Chapter 6: Gases

Chapter 8: The Atmospheric Gases and Hydrogen
4. Reactions
5. Reactions(aq)
6. Gases

Gas Laws
NaCl formation

Solution prep.
Kotz Movies 4
Kotz Movies 5
Kotz Movies 6
Kotz Movies 12: Gases
Chapter 7: Thermochemistry 7. Lecture
Video: heat transfer
Thermochemistry, themodynamic data, Webbook
Chapter 9: Electrons in Atoms
Chapter 10: The Periodic Table and Some Atomic Properties
   9. Lecture
10. Lecture
Videos: Black body radiation: iron
Light, color
H atom spectra , Bohr model
The Electronic Structure of Atoms:
Atomic orbitals
Ionization energy

Kotz Movies 7
Kotz Movies 8
Chapter 11: Chemical Bonding I: Basic Concepts 11. Lecture
Van Arkel-Ketelaar Triangles of Bonding
Kotz Movies 9
Chapter 12: Chemical Bonding II: Additional Aspects
12. Lecture
H2 covalent bonding
Methane sp3 hybrid, 3D animation

Bonding and antibonding MO electron densities
Ethylene: sigma, pi and both MOs
C=C rotation barrier
  • Color (rhodopsin)
  • Diamagnetic (N2) and paramagnetic (O2) molecules
  • Band theory Li.
  •  Semiconductors: Al doping in Si.
  • Molecular Orbitals for Homonuclear Diatomics
    Kotz Movies 10

    Chapter 13: Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces 13. Lecture
    videos: surface
    cubic unit cell NaCl,
    Phase Diagrams of Pure SubstancesTutorial
    Table 11: melting points, boiling points, molar heat capacity, and phase change enthalpies
    Kotz Movies 13: Liquids, Solids
    Liquid crystals, Nobel Prize 1991
    Liquid crystal monitors
    Chapter 14: Solutions and Their Physical Properties 14. Lecture Azeotrope, Further reading (Wikipedia)
    Kotz Movies 14:
    Chapter 20: Spontaneous Change: Entropy and Free Energy
    Chapter 16: Principles of Chemical Equilibrium
    20. Lecture
    16. Lecture
    Table 12:Standard molar enthalpies of formation and burning of inorganic compounds at STP
    Table 13: Standard molar enthalpies of formation and burning of organic compounds at STP
    Table 14: Standard Gibbs free energy values (kJ mol-1)
    Kotz Movies 16: Chemical Equilibria
    Chapter 15: Chemical Kinetics
    Chapter 17: Acids and Bases
    15. Lecture
    17. Lecture
    Kotz Movies 15: Chemical Kinetics
    Chapter 18: Additional Aspects of Acid-Base Equilibria 18. Lecture Table 15: Ionization equilibrium constants
    Chapter 19: Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibria 19. Lecture Table 16: Solubility products
    Chapter 21: Electrochemistry 21. Lecture
    Videos: Lithium, Sodium and Potassium reaction with water.
    Table 18: Standard redoxi potentials
    Standard reduction potentials - Wikibooks

    General Chemistry
    Principles and Modern Applications
    Eighth Edition
    Ralph H. Petrucci
    California State University, San Bernadino
    William S. Harwood
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    F. Geoffrey Herring
    University of British Columbia

    Companion Website Author
    Narayan S. Hosmane
    Northern Illinois University

    Additional material: General Chemistry, by John W. Hill, Ralph H. Petrucci, published by Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J. 07632, 1996, ISBN: 0135049113

    Hill Petrucci

    Lecture notes: Prof. Victor S. Batista (Yale) Chemistry 113 and Chemistry 114a

    Book: Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity, 6th Edition; Kotz, Treichel, & Weaver: free samples of this book

    Related Nobel Prizes in chemistry:

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