General Chemistry

lchm1112  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

General Chemistry
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 22.5 h

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Understanding the basics of general chemistry, structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions and importance of chemistry in many areas.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Fundamental concepts of chemistry. Introduction to the periodic table. Stoichiometry, concentration. The gas laws. Quantum numbers, orbitals. Chemical bonds: ionic, covalent, intermolecular. Molecullar geometry, hybridization of orbitals. Chemical equilibrium, predicting the direction of a reaction; equilibrium constant. Chemical reactions in solution, strong and weak electrolytes. Acid-base reactions, pH and concentration of hydronium ions; titration. Solubility and precipitation, the solubility product, the common-ion effect. The rate and the mechanism of reactions, influence of catalysts. Energy, heat, thermochemistry; the first law of thermodynamics, enthalpy. Oxidation and reduction, redox equations. Introduction to electrochemistry, electrochemical cells and electrolysis.
Teaching methods
The course is taught with the use of PowerPoint slides, available at Moodle. Exercises are provided to facilitate the understanding. The course will be illustrated with examples taken from everyday life in the living world and in industry.
Evaluation methods
- The lab works give you a total of 5 points. These are made by half of the questions at the beginning of the laboratory works and the preparation to the Lab works and by another half by laboratory reports. In case the number of absences (justified or not) becomes significant, the professor has the right to use the article of RGEE allowing the jury to forbid the inscription to the exam.
- There is a written exam counting for 15 points. These are basically the exercises applied to the theoretical course. These exercises are of the same style as those made in exercise sessions during the year.
- The mid-term examination allows you to get an additional (bonus) point to the final exam.
1.     Principes de chimie, une approche moléculaire, Nivaldo Tro, une adaptation de Eveline Clair, Julie Vézina, Pearson Education, 2015 (ISBN 978-2-7613-7248-0).
2.     Principes de chimie, Atkins, Jones, Laverman, de Boeck, 4eme édition, 2017.
Teaching materials
  • Slides présentés au cours (disponible en ligne sur moodle)
  • Manuel de laboratoire et fascicule d'exercices (disponible en ligne sur moodle)
  • Fascicule d'exercices (disponible en ligne sur moodle)
  • Principes de chimie, une approche moléculaire, Nivaldo Tro, une adaptation de Eveline Clair, Julie Vézina, Pearson Education, 2015 (ISBN 978-2-7613-7248-0)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Mathematics

Bachelor in Physics

Minor in Scientific Culture

Minor in Physics