Checking date: 12/02/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Chemistry I
Bachelor in Engineering Physics (Plan: 434 - Estudio: 363)

Coordinating teacher: TORRES CARRASCO, MANUEL

Department assigned to the subject: Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
It is recommended to have studied chemistry in previous courses or take the "Course 0 (" given by UC3M to reinforce the subject:
Skills and learning outcomes
CB1. Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study. CB2. Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study. CB3. Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues. CB4. Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. CB5. Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy. CG2. Learn new methods and technologies from basic scientific and technical knowledge, and being able to adapt to new situations. CG3. Solve problems with initiative, decision making, creativity, and communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities, understanding the ethical, social and professional responsibility of the engineering activity. Capacity for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. CG5. Use the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the definition, approach and resolution of problems in the framework of the exercise of their profession. CE7. Understand and apply the principles of basic knowledge of general and inorganic chemistry and its use in engineering. CT1. Work in multidisciplinary and international teams as well as organize and plan work making the right decisions based on available information, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make judgments and critical thinking within the area of study. RA1. To have acquired sufficient knowledge and proved a sufficiently deep comprehension of the basic principles, both theoretical and practical, and methodology of the more important fields in science and technology as to be able to work successfully in them. RA2. To be able, using arguments, strategies and procedures developed by themselves, to apply their knowledge and abilities to the successful solution of complex technological problems that require creating and innovative thinking. RA3. To be able to search for, collect and interpret relevant information and data to back up their conclusions including, whenever needed, the consideration of any social, scientific and ethical aspects relevant in their field of study. RA6. To be aware of their own shortcomings and formative needs in their field of specialty, and to be able to plan and organize their own training with a high degree of independence.
Description of contents: programme
1. Atomic structure of matter: Hydrogen Atom. Quantum numbers, electronic configurations. Periodic Table and Periodic Properties. 2. Molecular structure: Bonding, H2 Molecule, Bond Valence Theory. Molecular Orbital (MO) Theory: diatomic and polyatomic molecules. Hybridization. 3. Inorganic chemistry. Hydrogen; halogen and noble gases group; nitrogen and oxygen group; carbon, metals and transition metals groups. 4. Gases and liquids. Kinetic theory of gases, Ideal gases and real gases, Liquids, Conductivity of electrolyte solutions, Mobility and interactions between ions. Solutions: Thermodynamic description of solutions. Properties of solutions. Colligative properties. 5. Solids: Chemical bond in solids. Types of solids: ionic, metallic and macromolecular. Cohesion Energies. Crystal structure 6. Introduction to phase transitions. Phase diagrams of a single component. Phase diagrams of two components. 7. Thermochemistry: Energy changes in chemical reaction, Enthalpy of State Change and enthalpy of reaction. Heat Capacity. Entropy and free energy of reaction. Spontaneity. Calculation of thermodynamic magnitudes in chemical reactions. 8. Chemical Equilibrium: Nature. Equilibrium Constants. Factors that affect chemical equilibrium(pressure, temperature, concentration, partial pressure) 9. Chemical equilibrium in aqueous solutions: Acids and bases. Acidity and basicity constants. pH: Scale and calculation. Salts and hydrolisis. Acids and polyprotic bases. Buffer solutions. Titrations 10. Solubility Equilibrium: Solubility Product Constant. Common ion effect. Selective precipitation 11. Chemical kinetics: reaction rate, methods for determining the kinetic equation, reaction mechanism, activation energy, unimolecular reactions, kinetics of complex reactions: chain reactions, polymerization
Learning activities and methodology
AF1. THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL CLASSES. Knowledge and concepts students mustacquire. Receive course notes and will have basic reference texts.Students partake in exercises to resolve practical problems. AF2. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring) or in-group (group tutoring) for students with a teacher. Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/ 100% on- site attendance. AF3. STUDENT INDIVIDUAL WORK OR GROUP WORK. Subjects with 6 credits have 98 hours/0% on-site. AF8. WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORY SESSIONS. Subjects with 6 credits have 8 hours/100% on-site instruction. AF9. FINAL EXAM. Global assessment of knowledge, skills and capacities acquired throughout the course. It entails 4 hours/100% on-site. MD1. THEORY CLASS. Classroom presentations by the teacher with IT and audiovisual support in which the subject`s main concepts are developed, while providing material and bibliography to complement student learning. MD2. PRACTICAL CLASS. Resolution of practical cases and problem, posed by the teacher, and carried out individually or in a group. MD3. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring sessions) or in-group (group tutoring sessions) for students with teacher as tutor. Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/100% on-site. MD6. LABORATORY PRACTICAL SESSIONS. Applied/experimental learning/teaching in workshops and laboratories under the tutor's supervision.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Catherine E. Housecroft, Alan G. Sharpe. Química Inorgánica. Pearson Prentice Hall. 2006
  • Ira N. Levine. Fisicoquímica Vol. 1. McGraw-Hill. 2013
  • Jaume Casabó i Gispert. Estructural atómica y enlace químico. Reverté. 2013
  • LOTHAR BEYER, V. FERNÁNDEZ. Química Inorgánica. Ariel Ciencia. 2000
  • O. MO ROMERO. Enlace Química y estructura molecular. Calamo Producciones. 2002
  • O. MO ROMERO. Enlace Químico y estructura molecular. Calamo Producciones. 2002
  • P.W. ATKINS, L. JONES. Chemical Principles. W.H. Freeman & Co. 2001
  • R. CHANG. Chemistry. McGraw-Hill Science. 2006
  • Ralph H. Petrucci, et al. . Química general : principios y aplicaciones modernas. Pearson Educación. 2011
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