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CODE 56536
SEMESTER 2° Semester


The Chemistry course is a basic course on the fundamentals of Chemistry for Engineering, with elements of Inorganic Chemistry and organic chemistry. The course provides an overview of the magnitudes and language used in solving chemical problems and includes the presentation of the main areas of study of Chemistry for polytechnic schools.



The aim of the course is to provide a basic chemical culture essential for describing the behavior of materials and addressing the interpretation of natural, environmental and technological processes.


The course is aimed at teaching the students the fundamentals of chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics, which are essential for the description of the behaviour of materials and for the interpretation of the natural and technological transformations respectful of the environment. The course is aimed at exercising the students in the numerical calculation, through the resolution of several exercises during the lessons. The resolution of these kind of exercises is requested also in the written exam.


For a successful learning, basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is required, but no formal prerequisites are required.


The course includes lectures in the classroom. Lectures include the presentation of theoretical content and numerical exercises aimed at encouraging the learning and discussion of specific examples of chemical phenomena.

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with Professor Federico Scarpa (  ), the Polytechnic School's disability liaison.



Atomic structure of matter (atomic models, quantum numbers, wave functions, uncertainty principle of Heisenberg, Pauli Exclusion Principle, Construction of atoms); 
Periodic classification of the elements and properties of the groups; 
Nuclear energy and radioactivity (radioactive emissions, half-life); 
Atomic bond (covalent bond, ionic, metallic, hydrogen bond, Weak interactions); 
Inorganic Nomenclature (oxides, anhydrides, hydroxides, acids, salts, acid salts); 
Introduction to Organic Chemistry (hybridization of carbon, alkanes, alkenes and alkynes, functional groups, polymers); 
Stoichiometry of the reactions (redox reactions and exchange); 
Stoichiometry (percentage composition, molar fractions, Molarity, Normality, chemical reactions and quantitative calculations); 
Crystalline solids (metallic, ionic and covalent); 
Gas laws (Boyle's Law, Charles, Gay-Lussac, Avogadro, Ideal gas law, real gas law, partial pressures, volume of gas in chemical reactions); 
Thermodynamics (1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, heat of reaction); 
Chemical equilibrium (equilibrium constant, free energy and equilibrium); 
Heterogeneous equilibria (phase diagrams - one or two components, phase rule); 
Chemical kinetics (reaction order, Arrhenius law); 
pH and hydrolysis (acid and base definitions, calculation of pH); 
Elettrochemistry (batteries, electrolysis); 
Pollution of air, water and soil.


The notes taken during the lessons and the material in the aulaweb are sufficient for the preparation of the exam, but the following book is suggested as supporting and in-depth text:

  • M. Panizza, Chimica per Ingegneria (Teoria ed esercizi)

On the aulaweb site of the course there are examples of final tests proposed in previous years with the related solutions




Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy



The exam consists of a written test that includes both exercises and theoretical questions with optional oral (the student who has passed the written test with a grade greater than or equal to 18/30 can decide whether to take an oral exam on the established days or accept the written test score).

The written test can be repeated, but in this case the vote of the last written is valid.

To access the oral exam students must have passed the written test with a minimum grade of 16/30 and the grade obtained in this form will be the average between written and oral exam.

Three exam sessions will be available for the 'winter' session (January, February and during the teaching break provided by the Scuola Politenica at Easter) and 4 calls for the 'summer' session (June, July, September and during the autumn break provided by the Polytechnic School). No extraordinary appeals will be granted outside the periods indicated by the Polytechnic School, except for students who have not included in the study plan training activities in the current academic year.

The results of the exams will be published on the aulaweb website of the course.


The written test consists in solving some problems, similar to those treated during the lectures, and in response to some questions of theory, always addressed during the lectures.

The exam tests with the student will allow:

  • evaluate the knowledge of the atomic structure;
  • verify the understanding of the mechanisms of strong and weak chemical bond formation;
  • evaluate understanding of the structure of solids, liquids and understanding of the gas state equations;
  • evaluate the ability to identify the relationships between electrical, magnetic and mechanical structure and properties;
  • evaluate the knowledge of the main thermodynamic and kinetic quantities involved in the transformation of matter and the conditions of the chemical equilibrium;
  • verify the ability in the quantitative evaluation of gaseous equilibriums, in aqueous solutions and in electrochemical systems;
  • evaluate the knowledge of main pollution phenomena of soil, air, water;
  • discuss all the proposed activities with a scientific method and appropriate language.


NB: In order to take the exam the student must register ON-LINE.

  • During the exam the student can only use the periodic table that will be provided.
  • The student cannot go out during the written examination.

Working students and students with SLD, disability or other special educational needs certification are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning modalities