Chemistry A


To homogenizer the knowledge of students with different backgroundsThe student should learn the contents of General Chemistry included in the program, to know how to do the experimental work and solve the proposed problems.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to
a) apply fundamental Chemistry concepts in Engineering subjects.
b) understand simple chemical phenomena with impact in society.
b) solve simple problems in thermochemistry, chemical thermodynamics, ideal gases, chemical kinetics, acids and bases, solubility, electrochemistry and organic chemistry.
c) perform calculations related to chemical phenomena and the corresponding physical measurements.
d) perform simple lab tasks – weighting, transfer of liquids and solids, titrations, measurement of absorvances and determination of concentrations.
e) critically assess results.
On successful completion of the module, students will have improved interpersonal skills and the ability to study alone.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Paulo da Costa Noronha


Weekly - 4

Total - 57

Teaching language



The design of this course takes into consideration the expected high diversity of of first year students of Engineering regarding chemistry background


Química (Portuguese translation of Chemistry ), R.Chang, McGraw Hill, 11 Edition, 2012.

"Chemical Principles, The quest for insight", P. Atkins, L. Jones, Freeman, 2001

"Organic Chemistry", Solomons, TWG; Fryhle, C. B., John Wiley & Sons, 8th Ed, 2004 + ("Study Guide," Problems and Solutions Manual, CD-ROM, set of molecular models, online support)

Teaching method

This course uses Team-Based Learning, TBL, .

The unit is organised in 6 modules. Before each module, students are provided with the learning material and a list of specific objectives. Before the first class of each module, each student must answer an individual test (Readiness Assurance Test). The same test is answer by teams in class, followed by a mini-lecture to solve the test, discuss doubts and reinforce the most difficult points.

In the other classes of the module, teams are challenged with application activities, including lab works.

Evaluation method

Class evaluation: 50%,  Final exam (or 2 written tests): 50%

Minimum mark in exam (or tests): 9,5.

Mark for class activities=average of individual tests (25%) and team results (20% labs, 80% team works). Mark corrected by peer evaluation (team mark x points received by colleagues/100).

Subject matter

Periodic properties and chemical bonding

Chemical Reactions. Stoichiometry: Aqueous solutions and concentration units.

Vapor- Liquid Equilibrium. Ideal solutions.  The Raoult´s Law. Distillation.  Colligative properties.Chemical Equilibrium . The first Law of Termodinamics. Enthalpy. Standard Entalphy of formation and reaction. le Châteliers Principle.

Spontaneous proceses. Entropy. The second low. Gibbs Free Energy and Chemical equilibrium.

The ideal gas equation. Dalton´s law of partial pressure.

Activation Energy. Arrhenius Law. Catalysis.

Acids and Bases.Autoionization of water. pH. Strength of acids and bases. Buffers. Acid-base Indicators.

Precipitation Reactions. Solubility equilibria. The common ion effect. Separation of ions.

Redox  Reactions. Standard Reduction Potencial. The effect of concentration on Cells. The Nerst Equation. Corrosion.

Organic Chemistry - Atomic Theory. Structure and molecular electronics. Hybridization. Representations of Lewis and Kekule. Molecular Geometry. Major classes of organic compounds - Nomenclature of Organic Compounds. Physical properties of organic compounds. Conformational analysis. Stereochemistry. IR spectroscopy in the identification of functional groups.


Practical sessions

1st session - Chemical Reaction stoichiometry and Purity of an  Unknown Sample

2nd session - Acid-Base Titrations

Session 3 - Infrared Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds


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