PCC-12403 General Chemistry 2


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised24
Course coordinator(s)dr. CW Hoogendam
Lecturer(s)dr. CW Hoogendam
prof. dr. MA Cohen Stuart
drs. FAJG Geurts, MSc
prof. dr. ir. J van der Gucht
ir. E Spruijt
ir. PLR van der Veeken
Examiner(s)dr. CW Hoogendam
prof. dr. MA Cohen Stuart

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Many disciplines in the fields of life sciences, environmental sciences and technology build on concepts from physics and chemistry. The courses General Chemistry I and II intend to make you familiar with these general concepts. Among the concepts are matter and energy, size and scale, quantization of energies, driving forces, change and equilibrium. The starting point for the exploration of the various concepts is observation of the world we live in. From there, a journey is undertaken in search of the physical and chemical laws that govern the world around us. Concepts are worked out both theoretically and experimentally in tutorials and practical classes within themes and contexts from various fields. In General Chemistry II the emphasis is on physical and chemical properties of atoms, ions and molecules. Subjects treated within this course include conductance, redox potentials, atomic and molecular structure, quantization, spectroscopy and spectrometry, intra- and intermolecular interactions, phase stability and separation, and colloids

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the student is able to:
- do conductivity calculations on electrolyte solutions;
- calculate redox, diffusion and membrane potentials for various systems;
- describe the electronic configuration of atoms in the ground state in terms of their orbitals;
- describe the modes of motion that atoms and molecules have (translation, rotation and vibration);
- interpret relatively simple atomic and molecular spectra including NMR-spectra;
- explain the behaviour of solids, liquids and gases on the basis of their molecular structures;
- describe intra- and intermolecular forces and relate these to the properties of particular substances;
- explain the behaviour of various types of colloids;
- handle physical and chemical units and dimensions;
- carry out experiments in the domain of general and physical chemistry following a given protocol and report on these experiments.


Participation in tutorials and practical training, and independent study.


Written exam with multiple-choice questions. The final mark can be assessed only after completing all practical experiments.


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Compulsory for: BBTBiotechnologyBSc2MO
BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc2MO
BFTFood TechnologyBSc2AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc2MO
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc2AF