General chemistry

lchm1111  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.
11 credits
45.0 h + 67.5 h
Main themes
The course will familiarize with scientific reasoning, the chemical and physico-chemical phenomena and the rules that they depend on. It will deal with (1) the classical atomic theory, leading to understanding the constitution, organisation and properties of atoms (2) mass relationship in chemical reactions and the concept of limiting reagents (3) the description of chemical bonding and the geometry of molecules, (4) the study of the main classes of chemical reactions, (5) an introduction to physical chemistry and its thermodynamic and kinetic aspects, with particular emphasis on chemical equilibrium. The course will cover in detail the acid-base reactions (including pH calculations, acid base titrations and buffer solutions), the reactions of precipitation and complexation, as well as oxido-reduction reactions (including the applications in batteries and electrolysis). Selected illustrations of these concepts will also provide a general overview of mineral chemistry in relation with its main industrial uses and daily life.

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

1 To give the bases of scientific reasoning, first qualitative, then quantitative, allowing to understand, analyse and forecast simple chemical phenomena. To give a global view of general chemistry from the point of view of matter constitution (atomic theory and chemical bonding), the main classes of reactions and chemical equilibrium. To illustrate the fundamental concepts by referring to examples of mineral chemistry linked to daily life and to the present challenges in science and technology.

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”.
Teaching materials
  • Livre de P. Atkins, Laverman et  Jones : "Principe de chimie", Trad. Française de A. Pousse (De Boeck SUPERIEUR), ou édition anglaise originale correspondante. Manuel de travaux pratiques. Fascicule d’exercices.
  • Documents fournis sur Moodle.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Chemistry

Minor in Scientific Culture