1st Bachelor in Medical Biology -

General chemistry

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ECTS Credits6
Number of Hours (h/year)75
Teaching staffCALBERSON, Pierre
Course UnitCompulsory
TermQuad. 1 and 2


Aims and Objectives

To acquire and master basic concepts of general chemistry

(knowledge and understanding) for a better understanding of phenomena linked to living sciences and mainly to living chemistry. To link the concepts between them and apply them to classical and concrete problems with growing difficulties.


Introduction : basic concepts about matter ; atoms ; molecules and ions.

Stoechiometry of chemical reactions; chemical calculations.

Reactions in aqueous solutions; general and colligative properties of solutions.

Gases and properties.

Energy in chemical reactions.

Electronic structure of atoms and the periodic tabel.

Chemical bondings: ionic bond model and covalent bond model; shapes of molecules.

Intermolecular forces.

Chemical equilibriums and altering equilibrium conditions: Le Chatelier’s principle.

Acid-base equilibriums: Brônsted-Lowry acid-base theory; the pH of aqueous solutions; buffer solutions.

Solubility and complexation equilibriums.

Oxydoreduction equilibriums.

Reactions rates and factors that influence reactions rates.

Thermodynamics: principles and Gibb’s function.

Nuclear chemistry.


ARNAUD P., Chimie physique, Dunod, 1998

ATKINS P. et JONES L., Chimie, molécules, matière, métamorphoses, Ed. De Boeck Université, 1998.

CHANG R. et PAPILLON., Chimie fondamentale, Chenelière/Mc Graw-Hill, 1998

CHAQUIN P., Cours de Chimie générale, Ellipses, 1996

Mc QUARRIE/ROCK, Chimie générale, Ed. De Boeck Université, 1992

ZUMDAHL St. S., Chimie générale, Ed. De Boeck Université, 1998

ZUMDAHL St. S., Chimie des solutions, Ed. De Boeck Université, 1998.

Teaching and Learning MethodsLectures
Assessment MethodsWritten examinations

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