Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2009/10
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Environmental Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Bonelli Barbara ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 CHIM/07 62 18 4 0 14
SSD CFU Activities Area context
CHIM/07 7.5 A - Di base Fisica e chimica
Objectives of the course
Chemistry in engineering is not a transformation science (chemical reactions and industrial preparations, for example), but a course focused on the matter itself (atoms, molecules, phases, etc), aiming to create a connection between the microscopic and macroscopic world. This course wants to give the students an engineering basis to understand the matter and related phenomena.
The course points out the importance of this subject, thus theoretical and practical topics are always connected during lectures.

Some advanced techniques are used, for examples PC programs to build and see molecules and solids.
The aim of this course is to give the students a basic chemistry knowledge useful for other specific engineering courses.
Expected skills
Basic knowledge to interpret chemical phenomena, knowledge of structure and properties of the matter in different states. Comprehension and calculation of energy phenomena related to chemical and electrochemical systems.
A good knowledge of chemical laws, symbols, nomenclature, balancing of reactions and stoichiometry is required.
The course is subdivided as follows:

a) basic language, notations, nomenclature, stoihometry.

b) lectures:

elementary particles and atom structure: nucleus, atmoic models and properties of elements. Chemical bindings: ionic, covalent, metallic bindings; intermolecular forces.

Molecular structures. Gas: kinetic theory, real gases.

1- Liquids and solutions

2- Solids

Phases' change and phase elementary diagrams (row materials, distillation, etc).

Features of chemical reactions: reaction rapidity, catalysts; thermochemistry; processes: enthalpy, entropy, free energy.

Chemical equilibrium: equilibrium constant, Le Chatelier's principle, acid and base, pH, solubility.

Electrochemistry: electrolytic and voltaic cells, fuel cells, corrosion elements.

Energy sources and vectors (carbon and hydrogen chemistry): hydrocarbons, polymers, hydrogen as energy vector.

In-depth analysis during lectures with preparatory examples and engineering applications (case studies).

Some examples: burning reactions; reaction cycles in atmosphere and in water bodies; liquid crystals and surfactants; chemistry in electronics.
Laboratories and/or exercises
Practicals: reckoning on topics developed during the course, demonstration at the PC.

Practicals in chemistry lab: gas laws; solutions; acidity measurement; etc.
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Programma provvisorio per l'A.A.2005/06

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