124114 – Principles of Chemistry

124114 – Principles of Chemistry

 Teaching Staff

Lecturer: Dr. Ailie


Lectures: 14:30 – 17:30 Wednesday

Tutor: Rami


Tutorials: 12:30 – 14:30

Tuesday Attendance in lectures and tutorials is non compulsory however highly recommended.


Grading Policy

The course grade will be determined by a final exam.


Recommended reading

1) General Chemistry, Petrucci, Hartwood and Herring, 8th (or 9th) ed, Prentice Hall 2002.

2) Chemistry, Raymond Chang, 6th ed, McGraw Hill, Inc 1998.3) Chemistry, Jones and Atkins, 4th ed. W.H. Freeman, 2000


An approximate schedule of the topics to be covered

Lecture 1-2: Basic chemistryIntroduction to chemistry, terminology, stoichiometry, formulas and reactions.

Lecture 3-4: Electronic structure of the atomElectromagnetic radiation, photo-electric effect, Bohr model, light-matter duality (De-Broglie wavelength), the Schrödinger equation, atomic orbitals, quantum numbers, multielectron atoms, electron configuration (Hund rule and Pauli principle).

Lecture 5: Periodic trendsPeriodic table- trends, blocks and atomic properties: atomic and ionic radius, ionization energy and electron affinity.

Lecture 6-7: The chemical bondsChemical bonding, Lewis configuration, dipole, resonance, VSEPR, hybridization and molecular geometry.

Lecture 8: GasesPressure, partial pressure, gas laws, ideal and nonideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases.

Lecture 9: ThermochemistryOpen/closed systems, heat, heat capacity, work, enthalpy, endothermic and exothermic reactions and Hess’s Law.

Lecture 10: PhasesInter/intramolecular forces, dipole interactions, H-bonding, surface tension, capillary effect, phases of matter (vaporization, condensation, fusion, sublimation, boiling) and phase diagram

Lecture 11: Chemical equilibrium Reversible reactions, Equilibrium constant, reaction Quotient, Le Chatelier’s principle and non soluble salts.

Lecture 12-13: Acids and basesWater self-dissociation, Kw, pH, pOH, pKa, pKb, buffers, neutralization reactions and titrations.

Lecture 14: Oxidation and ReductionOxidation states and balancing REDOX equations.


Contact hours per week

Lecture: 3 hours

Recitation: 2 hours

Credit: 4.0