- General Chemistry, Petrucci, Hartwood and Herring, 8th (or 9th) ed, Prentice Hall 2002.
- Chemistry, Raymond Chang, 6th ed, McGraw Hill, Inc 1998.
- Chemistry, Jones and Atkins, 4th ed. W.H. Freeman, 2000
An approximate schedule of the topics to be covered:
Week 1: Basic chemistry
Introduction to chemistry, terminology, stoichiometry, formulas and reactions.
Week 2-3: Electronic structure of the atom
Electromagnetic 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).
Week 4: Periodic trends
Periodic table- trends, blocks and atomic properties: atomic and ionic radius, ionization energy and electron affinity.
Week 5-6: The chemical bonds
Chemical bonding, Lewis configuration, dipole, resonance, VSEPR, hybridization and molecular geometry.
Week 7: Gases
Pressure, partial pressure, gas laws, ideal and nonideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases.
Week 8: Thermochemistry
Open/closed systems, heat, heat capacity, work, enthalpy, endothermic and exothermic reactions and Hess’s Law.
Week 9: Phases
Inter/intramolecular forces, dipole interactions, H-bonding, surface tension, capillary effect, phases of matter (vaporization, condensation, fusion, sublimation, boiling) and phase diagram
Week 10: Chemical equilibrium
Reversible reactions, Equilibrium constant, reaction Quotient, Le Chatelier’s principle and non soluble salts.
Week 11-12: Acids and bases
Water self-dissociation, Kw, pH, pOH, pKa, pKb, buffers, neutralization reactions and titrations.
Week 13: Oxidation and Reduction
Oxidation states and balancing REDOX equations.
Week 14: Relating Chemistry to other Fields
Chemistry in engineering, biotechnology and biology