This is a module on basic chemistry. Chemistry is a vital and dynamic science. It is of fundamental importance to all the other sciences, modern technology and to any explanation of the composition of material things around us and particularly to the proper understanding of food and pharmaceuticals. The module aims to impart a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of chemistry and explain why chemistry is an integral activity for addressing social, economic, and environmental problems. The module also will equip the student with the practical skills of experimentation and to develop the expertise of designing simple experiments in a sustainable way with a view to testing theory.
What is Chemistry? Matter and Physical and Chemical properties. The evolution of atomic theory and the periodic table of the elements. The modern model of the atom. Chemical bonding and nomenclature. Stoichiometry and the mole Solutions Chemical reactions Nonmetals. Main group chemistry. Water chemistry Chemistry of the environment. Chemistry of medicinal compounds. Chemistry of Food.Laboratory Practicals Introductory experiments in fundamental chemistry.
Indicative Lab content:
Measurements with mass and volume
Determination of the concentration of an unknown solution of methyl
orange using a colorimeter
Preparation of a standard solution of sodium carbonate
Standardisation of a hydrochloric acid solution using a standard solution of sodium carbonate
Determination of the concentration of ethanoic acid in vinegar
Formal lectures using all available visual aids and also practical demonstrations where possible. These lectures will be supplemented by tutorial, workshop and problem solving sessions where necessary.
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